“I had to go through the AIDS stage with my 5-year-old daughter”

One of Hungary’s most prominent LGBTQ organization, Háttér Társaság organizes a community gathering for people living with HIV every two weeks. The casual discussions are open to everyone affected. Our monthly column ‘Positive Outlook’ (Pozitív Szemmel) features regular participants who are open to sharing their stories with our readers. In …

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Safe outdoor plans that Budapest has to offer post COVID-19

All right, let’s start by setting the record straight: we aren’t really in the “post” phase of the virus, so extra care and responsibility are needed, or we could face another round of isolation. But after finally having some of the restrictions lifted and staying home in the past few …

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“We are not a faceless crowd”

Three for thirty, thirty for thirty thousand Passed by 133 votes to 57 on 19 May, Hungary’s parliament has approved Article 33, a law that bans transgender people from changing their name and the gender they were assigned at birth on official documents. Since the bill was passed, there has …

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‘Our goal with the films is to raise awareness to our community’ – Interview with Jay Lin, founder of ‘gay Netflix’

  Netflix hardly needs an introduction these days – but were you aware that there is a gay version of it? GagaOOLala is a Taiwan-based streaming service that offers exclusively LGBTQ-themed films. Although the service is not available in Hungary yet, it is expanding rapidly, constantly broadening its range of …

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“It is normal to be different” – Interview with Ulrike Lunacek, Former Vice President of the European Parliament

I have a very vivid memory from my first pride event. In July 2010 I participated in the Vienna Pride March and was following the truck of the Austrian Green Party (for pretty simple reason: their DJ played the coolest music).  There was a dancing lady on the van of …

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Summertime Life in Hungary

The sun is shining, allowing Hungarians to relish and explore the glorious landscapes of their country. Each summer brings new memories alongside traditional foods, drinks and activities. The largest lake in central Europe, Balaton is a top attraction for locals. The several lively towns and villages surrounding its shores all …

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Budapest – The City of Spas

When arriving to Budapest, be sure to visit a thermal bath of which there are several throughout this dazzling city with a variety of services. With warmer temperatures upon us, now is a fantastic opportunity to try outdoor pools.       A top pick would be Széchenyi located a …

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The history of Rudas Bath

It was the Romans who built the first bathhouses in Hungary. After the conquest of the Carpathian Basin, most Hungarian villages were founded near hot springs. The baths in Buda became internationally renowned during the reign of King Sigismund and this reputation grew further during the reign of King Matthias. …

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Mother Nature is shifting – Spring in Budapest

With Mother Nature shifting her chilly winter temperatures to a warmer spring, renewed life is arriving in Budapest. With several breathtaking in- and outdoor actives now within reach, you have no choice but to enjoy the thousand faces of this magical city. For starters, discover the beautiful and majestic Vajdahunyad …

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“The city has some of the most breathtaking views I’ve ever experienced in my entire life” – Interview with Sharonda Davenport

Born and raised in the United States, Sharonda is pursuing law at university. Before her trip she knew only a few things about Hungary, and now she is in love with Budapest. Let’s meet Sharonda! Where are you from? I was born in Nyack, New York, although raised in Newburgh. …

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