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  • Let’s get political! Being yourself is a political statement

    I get it. You re exhausted of the political situation in Hungary, we all are, but saying that you don’t care about politics or that you don’t feel like getting involved isn’t a privilege we can rely on at the moment. Elections are coming, and given the political climate and…

  • “First I am Christian, then Hungarian, then gay”

    “I have nothing to fear since you live within me,” so goes one of my favorite Taizé chants which popped into my head when I heard the story of Benedek. He went from being a bad student to a pastor beloved by his followers, and then had his life shattered…

  • “We should pay more attention to each other because we are facing the same problems and the same authoritarian governments”

    There’s a saying in Hungary: Pole and Hungarian – two good friends. And for a long time now we have been partners in some pretty bad times. State homophobia is also rampant in Poland, just like in Hungary, though perhaps at an even higher level: registered partnerships are not allowed,…

  • Passing the torch: We need more LGBT content creators

    The recent anti-LGBT law passed in Hungary that forbids queer representation in media and also bans education on LGBT topics in school, leaves youth unattended and unable to have access to people who can provide them with support and orientation. This means an even bigger call for local content creators…

  • Miguel Matos in Budapest: the world famous perfumer presents his new fragrance at 7scents Perfumery

    In the burgeoning world of niche perfume, Miguel Matos is something of a polymath. His talent lies in drawing parallels between the direct sensory experience of scent and more abstract intellectual and artistic concepts. Indeed, Miguel’s ability to capture in word all that is great about modern perfume led him…

  • A law doesn’t make things right, and sometimes doing the right thing is above the law

    We live in crazy times, there is no doubt about that. The world has somehow turned into this madness in which the ones who should be protecting us are actually the ones from whom we need protection. All it takes is to turn on the news for a second to…

  • “RuPaul’s Drag Race is the hardest thing I have done in my entire life”

    As a hardcore fan of the Drag Race franchise you can imagine what I felt when I was told that I have the opportunity to meet and interview Rosé, a finalist of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 13. Rosé (who was not in drag when we met so I just called…

  • Expat eye: Should I stay or should I go?

    As an expat, the past couple of months have been confusing. The new laws, the social media posts by different members of the Hungarian government, the international news, the pressure to work to make things better, the messages I receive on Instagram from LGBT people asking for help… it has…

  • “Hungarian people are not shy to stand up for their rights”

    Ambassador René van Hell arrived in Hungary exactly 4 years ago. He and his crew experienced a lot, both good and difficult times. In the last days of his tenure, we had the opportunity to sit down with him and talk about his Hungarian journey including a pandemic, LGBTQI rights,…

  • The need for a sense of identity in the Hungarian LGBTQ+ community

    If I were to ask you what is the local LGBTQ+ community in Hungary like, what would be your answer? As an expat who has been living in Hungary for almost 8 years, this is something I’ve been asked so many times, but it is still one of those questions…

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