Intro: Slovenia, a former Yugoslavia republic, is a small pretty country of mountains, fertile pastures and picturesque villages. Old town Ljubljana looks storybook. History stretches back to Roman times. Having escaped the horrors of the 90’s Balkan wars for the most part, the citizens here have moved forward with modest prosperity. Homophobia exists of course but it has not been violent or virulently religious. Gay activists work busily and quietly to push for more complete partnership recognition and registration.
A new penal code that decriminalized homosexual sex was passed in 1976 and came into force in 1977. All discriminatory provisions were removed. There were no references to lesbian relationships in the old legislation. Homosexuals are not prevented from serving in the army. “In some cases when individuals stated they’re gay and that they don’t want to serve they have been either excused or were suggested civil service.” A referendum on a bill legalizing same-sex marriage was held on 20 December 2015. The bill was rejected, as a majority of voters voted against and the votes against were more than 20% of registered voters.
In Slovenia there are many clubs and bars that are gay friendly. Few years ago there were only few but the number increases every year. At klub K4 in Ljubljana thera are gay and lesbian parties (K4 ROZA) every Sunday and one Saturday a month. At club Factory and Bolivar there are gay and lesbian parties organized by a group called Jing Jang. Parties take place there usually once a month. Other gay friendly bars and clubs in Ljubljana are Lan, Tiffany and Galerija. There are gay bars also in other cities. Homosexuality is quite accepted in Slovenia also thanks to some, who were prepared to show and speak to the nation over TV.
It’s Normal to be Gay: Worldwide Gay Survey
Intro: Despite daunting persecution of gays in many countires, a guest author surveys mid-nineties optimistic gains in gay expression, gay pride activity and legal status around the world. Bangkok by John Duvoli The Economist Revised June 1, 2008 Photos by Richard Ammon Across the world a radical idea about homosexuals is gaining ground:
Slovenia – Ljubljana City 2009 (3)
Ljubljana has a diversity of scenes, from the quietly flowing Ljubljanica River to the sprawling University with a free Internet cafe) to the remnant walls of an ancient Roman city. Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia with about 370,000 population and has diverse architectural styles as can be seen in this gallery. Slovenia’s most renown
Slovenia – Ljubljana City 2009 (1)
Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia with about 370,000 population and has diverse architectural styles as can be seen in this gallery. Slovenia’s most renown architect was Joze Plecnik (1872-1957) whose work is seen throughout the city. He was also a city planner and designed numerous public spaces especially along the Ljubljanica River that flows
Slovenia – Ljubljana City 2009 (2)
Ljubljana has many sculptural and artisitic details in it architecture, fountains, walls and bridges, ranging from classic bronze dragons to alternative artists. Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia with about 370,000 and has diverse architectural styles as can be seen in this gallery. Slovenia’s most renown architect was Jose Plecnik (1872-1957) whose work is seen
Slovenia – Predjama Castle
An hour’s drive southwest of Ljubjana is the impressive 16th century Castle of Predjama. The castle was probably built in the 12th century. It is located in the middle of a 123 meter high overhanging limestone cliff at the entrance of a cave. Beneath the castle the Lovka stream runs into another cave. Read the
Slovenia – Train Travels
The 3-hour ride between the Croatian capitol of Zagreb and the Slovenian capitol of Ljubljana passes through pastoral farmlands and rugged mountains as the rail tracks follow the route of the Sava River. Read the story about gay Slovenia
Slovenia – Ptuj City
A train trip from the capital city of Ljubljana through the scenic countryside to the picturesque and charming provincial capitol of Ptuj. Most of the way the tracks follow the valley of the Sava River. Ptuj is a city and one of 11 urban municipalities in Slovenia. It is situated in Lower Styria (northeastern Slovenia),