Accept (organization)

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Accept is a nongovernmental organization that advocates for the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Romania. It is based in Bucharest and also acts as the Romanian representative at ILGA-Europe. The organisation also advocates on behalf of individuals with HIV-AIDS and carries out several programs to encourage safe sex.

Accept has been founded in 1996. At the time, the Paragraph 200 from the Romanian legislation was in effect, which criminalised same-sex relationships and was the source for many human rights violations. The main aim of Accept, early in its history, has been to lobby and campaign against this piece of legislation. Due to the lobby & advocacy efforts made by Accept[citation needed] (backed also by heavy international support), Paragraph 200 was finally repealed in 2001.

Since 2004, Accept has also been the organizer of GayFest, the yearly Romanian gay pride festival (complete with a pride march on its closing day). The first pride march took place in 2005.

During 2005-2006, Accept has published two periodical publications: Inklusiv, a bimonthly LGBT magazine, and ENOLA, a magazine designed for lesbians and bisexual women. Both were distributed throughout Romania (Inklusiv was free).

Since March 24, 2008, the organisation also runs "INFO Accept", a hotline for LGBT support issues such as coming out, overcoming discrimination or questions regarding sexual orientation.[1]

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  1. ^ Linie telefonica pentru gay in Romania (Telephone line for gays in Romania), Angelicuss

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