Founded in 2004, Bilitis is the oldest LGBTI organization in Bulgaria. Bilitis began its activity as a self-support group of lesbians and bisexual women and gradually has included trans and intersex people in its leadership. Our approach takes into account the interconnectedness between gender, race, class, sexual orientation, gender expression, ethnicity, religion, disability, and other factors, which shape the social status of the individual.
Today, Bilitis is a champion for mobilizing the LGBTI people in Bulgaria and an advocate for LGBTI rights.
The mission of Bilitis is eliminating all forms of discrimination and achieving full equality for LGBTI people in Bulgaria.
For achieving its mission, Bilitis has designed the following strategic goals:
- Improve the legal framework for full recognition of LGBTI rights in Bulgaria and change policies in partnership with NGOs, activists, political allies, donors, institutions and citizens.
- At the grassroots level: activate, empower and involve LGBTI people, support new leaders and strengthen the LGBTI movement in Bulgaria.
- At the level of wider society: disseminate the values of intersectional feminism and overcome the heteronomrative structures, incl. gender stereotypes.
Bulgarian society free of discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and sex (intersex), embracing equality and diversity as unquestionable and productive factors for social progress and individual/community wellbeing.