Many people gathered outside the Russian embassy in Tallinn on Saturday to light candles in solidarity with the gay community of Chechnya. In recent weeks, many gay men have been tortured in the Russian republic, several of whom have been found dead, or are still missing. However, we are connected through our recent experience of being part of the Soviet Union.
Hello, my husband and I are very excited to be traveling to Estonia this summer, Tallinn mostly. I am writing because I have a question about the level of acceptance we should expect as a gay couple in Tallinn, and in the small villages when we venture outside of the city. We have heard quite a range of what we might expect as a married gay couple in Eastern Europe and obviously, we want to have a good time while traveling but we also want to be safe.
Tallinn, the official European capital of culture foroffers visitors a lush cultural scene with a wide scale of sightseeing opportunities. The brand new GayMap allows LGBT visitors to easily navigate through the diverse cultural setting and enables them with the possibility to create an individualized holiday according to their own desires. This includes a wide array of entertainment and city life, tours in nature and shopping opportunities.
Tallinn is an ideal destination for a romantic weekend, with plenty to explore, endless medieval beauties to discover, and hidden jewels. With a population of half a million inhabitants, the City is the center of cultural, economic, political and gay life of Estonia. The City center is compact, and getting around is easy as most of the sights are contained in a small area.
Both male and female same-sex sexual activity are legal in Estonia. Since 1 Januarysame-sex couples may register their relationship as a cohabitation agreementwhich gives them almost all the same legal protections available to opposite-sex couples. Nevertheless, same-sex couples are unable to marry or jointly adopt.
In addition to that several known and respected persons published a manifest in support of a happier Estonia and the Civil Partnership Act, which called for support in enabling cohabitation law for same-sex couples. The previous year has been important in regards to visibility of institutions concerning the topic of LGBT persons. The table below points out the main fields of involvement of the institutions in the LBGT topic.
Despite being viewed as the most liberal and tolerant of the Baltic capitals, Tallinn - like Riga and Vilnius - still has a long way to go toward catching up with neighboring Scandinavian countries and Western Europe when it comes to the atmosphere surrounding homosexuality. While homophobia is not as entrenched in the media in Estonia as it is in As with most Estonian problems, communism can be conveniently blamed for this one as well.
Tallinn is one of the most quaint and delightful destinations in all of Estonia. Complete with cobblestone streets, historic sites and impressive public gardens Tallinn offers an incredible travel experience to the LGBT community as a destination that celebrates the queer community! A region rife with war and occupation for more than seventy years, these three countries have emerged from the Cold War hotter than ever.