IN SHADOW OF ATTACK, SITUATION OF SLOVAKIA’S TRANS COMMUNITY REMAINS PRECARIOUS

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02/08/2023

The October 2022 terrorist attack against the LGBT community in Bratislava marked a new era for transgender people in the country, but not one many expect to be more positive. Even though existing requirements to undergo transition were already challenging and included surgical sterilisation before a transgender person could change their documentation, the aftermath of the attack has contributed to even greater fears about the future inside the community, rights groups say. On October 12, a 19-year-old man shot two people dead outside Teplaren, one of the few LGBT bars in Bratislava. A bisexual man and a non-binary person were killed, while a third person was injured but survived. After an investigation, the National Crime Agency concluded that the act constituted a terrorist attack – the first in the history of modern Slovakia.

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