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  • 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…

  • We won’t stay silent – Four human rights activists on the future of the homophobic law

    The whole Hungarian LGBTQ community, and indeed the whole of Europe, has been shocked by the Hungarian homophobic law, which aims to silence Hungarian LGBTQ people, seriously endangering the mental health of minors, freedom of the press and democracy itself. But the Hungarian LGBTQ community will not stay silent and…

  • Budapest and an American Proto-Homosexual Novel

    Imre: A Memorandum (1906), a little-known novelette by American music critic Edward Prime-Stevenson is considered to be the first openly homosexual novel in English with a happy ending. It is possibly also the very first that the author himself called a homosexual novel per se. Unlike many other works at…

  • „These countries will not achieve their growth goals unless they become more open and supportive of LGBT+ rights”

    Open For Business’ latest report looks at the impact of state homophobia on the economy in Hungary, Romania, Poland and the Ukraine. Long story short, it is terrible. According to the report, it costs these states billions of dollars to be dismissive of LGBTQ people. But the solution is not…

  • Pope’s Tailor Releases Perfume Range based on Transgressive Sex

    Sexuality is a fundamental and integral part of the human being. Sexuality can take many forms, but like many things in life, to fully understand it, it needs to be confronted, examined, practiced and sometimes even experimented with. This means crossing into unfamiliar territory – often we can surprise ourselves…

  • Hungary introduces „gay propaganda” law stricter than Russia

    On 15 June, the Hungarian parliament has passed the so-called „Pedophile Law”, to which governing party MPs have introduced homophobic and anti-trans amendments last week. Citing the protection of children, the original draft law was turned into a „gay propaganda” law, even stricter than the Russian version it was modelled…

  • The Fable Master – Interview with editor and literary critic Boldizsár M. Nagy

    Once upon a time there was a little boy in a tiny village who loved when his mother told him fairy tales. However, he found that none of the tales were about him or his mates. But he did not give up. As an adult, he studied fairy tales, researched…

  • “If I had given it to my girlfriend, I would have killed myself for sure”

    The Háttér Society organizes a community meeting for people living with HIV every two weeks. These casual occasions are open to everyone. Each month, Humen Magazine features regular participants who are happy to share their stories with our readers. Péter is bisexual. So far, he has had two serious relationships,…

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