Article 200, the more terrifying successor of Article 431, was published in the Penal Code by the Communist regime in 1968. For over 60 years, under the rule of these two articles, Romania pun-ished same-sex relationships with imprisonment, while the real number of victims is unknown to this day. It wasn’t until 1998 that Emil Constantinescu would free through a presidential decree the last prisoner who had been convicted on the basis of Article 200, and not until three years later, in 2001, would homosexuality become decriminalised.
ACCEPT, the first Romanian NGO for human rights to protect and support nationally the rights of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) people, would officially be registered in 1996 and would initiate an ample advocacy campaign to decriminalise homosexuality.
From behind historical data personal histories crop up, retracing one of the first advocacy campaigns ever undertaken in post-communist Romania. Research for this event was possible by accessing the ACCEPT Archives, parts of which will be presented to the public for the first time during One World Romania.
With: Florin Buhuceanu, Péter Eckstein-Kovács