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Molda is a tiny former Soviet Republic squeezed between Romania and Ukraine. Moldova has very recently started to develop a small gay scene with the opening of 5 clubs and a gay restaurant. Moldova’s first Gay Pride was held in April 2002 and this is now a regular event. In 2005 Municipal authorities of Chisinau refused to authorise the 2005 Annual Gay Pride March but this ban was overturned by the courts.
The main gay and lesbian campaigning group is called GenderDoc-M who appear to be working very hard on many fronts fighting for gay and lesbian rights. They also host an excellent website (see below) with lots of information on Moldova.
In September 2002 new progressive laws were introduced equalising the age of consent as from January 2003 amongst other things and all in all the position of gays and lesbians in Moldova looks to be improving enormously. However , Moldovan society still remains very homophobic. For example virulent homophobic statements are casually made by politicians and lesbians and gays are routinely discriminated against. Violence towards the lesbian and gay community is not unknown.
Gay Age of Consent
Lesbian Age of Consent
Straight Age of Consent
Homosexuality was legalised in 1995. Article 174 of a new Penal Code published in September 2002 states that sexual acts, homosexual acts, lesbian acts and other sexual behavior with a person, whose age is known to be less than 14 years old, will be deprived of liberty for up to five years. This law cameinto effect in January 2003.
The new Penal Code also provides punishment for discrimination based on race, gender, language, religion, political and other beliefs, and national and social origin. This law could be interpreted in favor of the gay and lesbian community. Article 177 of the new Penal Code administers punishment for violation of the right to private life, which is also a big step forward and can be used by homosexuals to protect their rights.
Moldova's climate is moderately continental: the summers are warm and long, with temperatures averaging about 20°C, and the winters are relatively mild and dry, with January temperatures averaging -4°C. Annual rainfall, which ranges from around 600 millimeters in the north to 400 millimeters in the south, can vary greatly; long dry spells are not unusual.
The heaviest rainfall occurs in early summer and again in October; heavy showers and thunderstorms are common. The best time to visit is during the summer months from May to August.