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Bilitis develops, supports and empowers the LGBTI community in Bulgaria.

In 2004, several gay and bisexual women formed an informal group to communicate with each other, driven by the need to be themselves and explore the diverse LGBTI culture. Thus a small cohesive community of queer women was formed and Bilitis was born, the first LGBTI organization led by women and focusing on women’s needs and rights. Monica Pisankaneva, the founder of the organization, chooses the name Bilitis. According to legends, Bilitis was the most faithful disciple of Sappho from the island of Lesbos, who continued the work of the legendary poet who extolled love between women.

Over the years, we have expanded the scope of our activities and managed to build a diverse and dedicated team. We are proud to have been part of the organizers of Sofia Pride since 2009 and to run the only LGBTI community center in Bulgaria – Rainbow Hub – together with our partners. With all our activities we strive to develop an active and united LGBTI community and believe that together we can build a more accepting and safe environment for all people in Bulgaria.

Activation Catalyst

Activation Catalyst

Activation Catalyst

Activation Catalyst

Activation Catalyst

for LGBTI people in Bulgaria

for LGBTI people in Bulgaria

for LGBTI people in Bulgaria

for LGBTI people in Bulgaria

for LGBTI people in Bulgaria

Bilitis Foundation

Mission and Values


Our mission is to eliminate all forms of discrimination and achieve full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* and intersex (LGBTI) people in Bulgaria.



Our values are human dignity, freedom, democracy, rule of law, equality, solidarity, justice, inclusion, non-discrimination and human rights. Bilitis shares and promotes the values of the EU.

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Visión and Approach


We work for a society where all people have equal rights and no one is discriminated against because of who they are.



Bilitis uncompromisingly defends equality, wholeheartedly supports and promotes community and shares its solid intersectional expertise. Our approach is grounded in human rights and the direct participation of our communities.

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In fulfilling our mission, we have identified four strategic priorities:

  • Develop, empower and support the LGBTI community across the country.
  • Advocating for changes in legislation and policies to fully respect the rights of LGBTI people, equal inclusion in all spheres of public life, recognition of LGBTI families, gender recognition, prevention of anti-LGBTI hate crimes.
  • Changing public attitudes and increasing levels of acceptance of LGBTI people in Bulgarian society.
  • Work at international level to raise awareness of the state of LGBTI rights and democracy in Bulgaria.

Bilitis Comunities


Lilly Dragoeva
Executive Director

Lilia Dragoeva

Lilia has over 15 years of experience in the field of non-formal education as a volunteer, youth worker and trainer, and over 5 years of experience as a social researcher and analyst. Since 2018 she has been the Sofia Pride Coordinator and since September 2019 she has been the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the European Pride Organizers Association (EPOA). In the period 2018-2020 she was Regional Director for the Balkans and Board Member of Inter Pride - the global organisation of Pride organisers. She is passionate about social justice, youth empowerment and civic education.
He holds a BA in Indology (2013) and a BA in Political Science (2015) from St. Kliment Ohridski and a Master's degree in Sociology (2017) from the UNWE.
Pol Naidenov
Chair. Administrative Manager.

Pol Naidenov

Pol Naidenov is the first open intersex activist in Bulgaria. He is a member and founder of Bilitis and T.I.A. (Trans, Intersex and their Allies). Paul is a founder and board member of the international intersex organization - OII-Europe.
His main interests are focused on the human and civil rights of intersex and trans people and children. He works on issues related to access to medical and social services, legal gender reassignment and social adaptation of trans and intersex people. She is a computer programmer and QA computer specialist by training.
Gloriya Filipova
Project Manager

Gloria Filipova

Gloria started her LGBTI rights activism in 2014 as a volunteer at Bilitis and a member of the informal LGBT HHH collective. Since the summer of 2015, she has been part of the Bilitis team and has worked on a number of projects, participating in the organisation of events and protests related to LGBT rights and women's rights. In 2017-2018 she was part of the informal LGBTI collective Queer Squad and was one of the founders of the Student Society for Equality at St. Mary's University. Kliment Ohridski. She is passionate about the topics of community work, feminism and hate crimes.
She graduated with a degree in Philosophy from St. Kliment Kliment University. Kliment Ohridski in 2017 with a thesis focused on French poststructuralist feminism.
Manuela Popova
Communication Manager

Manuela Popova

Manuela has been an active volunteer in various projects and initiatives for over 10 years. She has participated in a number of trainings and workshops and is a certified Youth Exchange Leader. She studied public relations at New Bulgarian University and has many years of experience in digital communications and marketing activities. She joined the Bilitis team in April 2020 in the role of Communications Manager. The causes she supports are mainly related to feminism and LGBTI rights. She was awarded a special prize "Inspiration of the Year" by the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee for her project aimed at breaking down stereotypes in society "Don't be offended, but..."
Miroslava Manavska
Sports Coordinator

Mira Manavska

Miroslava has been actively involved in sports since her childhood. In 2018, she transferred her experience from the field of sports to her volunteer work at Bilitis as a Sports Coordinator. Together with the organization's team, she further developed Sofia Pride Sport (the sports program accompanying Sofia Pride), and initiated a series of sports activities for the community throughout the year. Alongside this, Miroslava works on a number of international projects and activities of Bilitis in the field of LGBTI rights and sport.
She has interests in holistic health, non-formal education and psychology, which she actively uses in her volunteer work. She is currently completing her Master's degree in Psychology at VSU and is training at the Institute of Neo-Reichian Analytical Psychotherapy in Sofia.
Silviya Petkova
Attorney at law

Silvia Petkova

Sylvia is a Master of Laws student at Sofia University "Sv. She is a graduate of Sofia University. She is the author of over 150 scientific publications in Bulgarian and foreign legal publications and has lectured at a number of training seminars for civil servants. Sylvia is an initiator and participant in numerous public discussions related to the problems of legislation in the field of criminal law and human rights. She has numerous specialisations in the field of human rights protection at the Council of Europe, including the right to respect for private and family life; combating racism, homophobia and xenophobia; combating hate speech and hate crimes; violence against women and domestic violence.

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