LGBT Travellers

Homosexuality was decriminalised in 1992 and an equal age of consent applies (16 years). However, negative attitudes towards gays and lesbians are the norm and violent attacks occasionally occur. Rīga has a few gay venues and it was the first former-Soviet city to host EuroPride in 2015.

  • A 2016 index by ILGA-Europe (the European region of the International Lesbian and Gay Association, www.ilga-europe.org) listed Latvia as the worst place in Europe to be gay.
  • While same-sex sexual activity is legal, Latvia does not recognise same-sex partnerships or marriage, and LGBTIQ people cannot adopt children.
  • In 2014, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs came out on Twitter and became Latvia's first openly-gay elected official.

The following organisations offer resources for LGBT+ people in Latvia, as well as listings and events.

  • Mozaika (www.mozaika.lv) Latvia's only LGBTIQ alliance.
  • Latvian Gay Portal (www.gay.lv) Social networking and classifieds.
  • Latvia Pride (www.pride.lv) Resources, media and events