Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)
persons in Estonia
may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT
residents. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity are legal in Estonia
, but households headed by same-sex couples are not eligible for the same legal protections available to opposite-sex couples.
Law regarding same-sex sexual activity
Same-sex sexual activity, which was illegal in the Soviet Union
, was legalised in Estonia
in 1992. The age of consent
is 14 years and was equalized for both homosexual and heterosexual sex in 2001. Homosexuals are not banned from military service.
Recognition of same-sex relationships
The government has started working on a law which would allow same-sex couples
to register their partnerships.
Adoption and family law
As an obligation for acceptance into the European Union, Estonia transposed an EU directive into its own laws banning discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment from 1 May 2004. The Equal Treatment Act, in discussion as of 2008, will prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in areas other than employment, such as health care, social security, education and the provision of goods and services., Fundamental Rights Agency
There are several gay clubs in Tallinn
. Pride parades
have been organised since 2004. Elsewhere in... Read More