LGBT rights in Kosovo
|LGBT rights in Kosovo|
|Same-sex sexual activity legal?||Legal since 1970,
age of consent equalized in 1991
|Gender identity/expression||Transsexual persons allowed to change legal gender|
|Military service||Gays and lesbians allowed to serve openly|
|Discrimination protections||Sexual orientation protections (see below)|
|No recognition of same-sex couples|
|Adoption||No joint adoption by same-sex couples|
Due to the political instability from the 2008 Kosovo declaration of independence, the status of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) rights in Kosovo is presently unclear.
Law regarding same-sex sexual activity
Same-sex sexual activity became legal in Kosovo in 1970. Since 1 January 1991, Kosovo has an equal age of consent of 14 regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender and all sexual offences became gender-neutral.
Recognition of same-sex relationships
Kosovo's Constitution does not restrict its definition of marriage to the union between a man and a woman. Article 37 stipulates that anyone can enter into marriage based on free will.
LGBT persons are not banned from military service. However, serving openly in military can lead to discrimination.
Article 24 of the Constitution of Kosovo bans discrimination on a number of grounds, including sexual orientation. Kosovo is thus one of the few states in Europe with a constitutional ban on discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
The Anti-Discrimination Law of 2004, passed by the Kosovo Assembly, bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in a variety of fields, including employment, membership of organisations, education, the provision of goods and services, social security and access to housing. The definition of discrimination in this law explicitly includes direct and indirect discrimination, as well as harassment, victimisation and segregation.
Kosovo LGBT rights group the Center for Social Emancipation describes gay life in Kosovo as being "underground"  though Gay clubs are very active. Www.gaykosovo.com is a website that was created just for Albanian gay community especially those living in Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia. This site also offers a gay guide of Pristina. Actually, there is no kind of gay rights based organisation working directly and properly in gay rights. 
LGBT rights movement in Kosovo
There was a LGBT rights organisations in Kosovo, with the most prominent being the Center for Social Emancipation (Albanian: Qendra për Emancipim Shoqëror). The organisation is mainly concerned with raising the visibility of the LGBT community and bringing about an extension of LGBT rights. QESh has been recently re-activated, announcing the celebration of May 17 (International Day Against Homophobia IDAHO) with support of government and international embassies.
|Equal age of consent|
|Anti-discrimination laws in all other areas (incl. indirect discrimination, hate speech)|
|Recognition of same-sex couples|
|Adoption by same-sex couples|
|Right to change legal gender|||
|Access to IVF for lesbians|
|MSMs allowed to donate blood|
- Constitution of the Republic of Kosovo, Fundamental Rights and Freedoms
- Draft Constitution of Kosovo (Fundamental Rights and Freedoms)
- Law 2004/3: The Anti-Discrimination Law, UNMIK
- "Center for Social Emancipation". Qesh.org. Archived from the original on 16 November 2007. Retrieved 9 October 2009.