Though laws allow consensual homosexual sex, attitudes aren’t necessarily as just. You are unlikely to raise an eyebrow by sharing a room (or bed) with your same-sex partner, but in many countries, societies still frown on overt displays of affection, particularly between members of the same gender.
- Many countries have hosted gay-pride events in recent years, but bad experiences with anti-gay protesters now means that heavy police presence is necessary.
- Despite the don’t-ask-don’t-tell situation prevalent in many parts of the region, there are some lively gay scenes in many capitals and cities, with notable exceptions of Pristina, Tirana, Skopje and Sarajevo where there are no gay- or lesbian-specific events or venues on offer for visitors.
- Outside larger towns and specific hubs, gay and lesbian life is almost non-existent making the internet the only realistic way to make contact with other gay people in the region. Many countries in the region have online forums and advocacy groups.