While other cities in Central and Eastern Europe have been holding tolerance or equality parades in the past few years, Sofia's first official gay parade in 2008 was marred by violence from extremists.
However this year, 400 people marched peacefully through the city centre, a sign which hopefully shows that Bulgaria is becoming more accepting of gays and lesbians.
And the gang rape incident at Bulandshahar was a living example of the same.
However, non-discrimination is still a far cry from equal rights, and at the moment there are no provisions in Bulgarian law regarding civil unions or marriage for homosexual couples, and co-habiting partners cannot adopt children, nor do they have hospital visitation or inheritance rights.
However, gay unions are now recognised in some Eastern European countries, such as Hungary, so it may only be a matter of time before Bulgaria catches up.
Since Bulgaria joined the European Union in 2007, it has had to comply with EU human rights standards such as the ban on all forms of negative discrimination, including on the basis of sexual orientation.
In fact, since 2003, when the country began negotiations with the EU, it has made tremendous efforts to align its legislation regarding sexual minorities to the European norms and standards.
For more information about this year's march Click here Gay visitors to Bulgaria, and especially Sofia, will find it a tolerant place, and actually much more open to homosexuality than many Eastern European countries.
There are more than a handful of popular gay bars and clubs in the city, and homosexual couples can generally walk around the centre of the city safe from harassment.However, some private colleges reportedly accepted these aspirants on the basis of photocopies of their documents, as their originals were with the institutes they were earlier admitted to.Later in the day, the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court directed the DMER to admit students even if they couldn't produce original documents.With a number of seats reportedly left vacant in the state's private medical and dental colleges after admissions came to a close, parents of some aspirants are planning to move the Supreme Court with a plea to restart the procedure.Last month, the apex court had rejected a similar plea by the state's Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER).The most unfortunate aspect of the incident was that the police was unaware about it for at least 3 to 4 hours and when the police got the information, it made every bid to keep the incident under wraps.