Is Budapest LGBT-friendly?

Hungarians believe their country in general and their capital in part to be queer-friendly, even though it is a young democracy –it was an oppressive, conservative empire, just a few decades ago, and being gay is still taken hard by older generations, which are dominating in the Parliament, that is why a record on LGBT rights in Hungary remains poor, though the young activists seek opportunities to change it. Budapest does have a growing band of LGBTI bars, and night clubs though, as well as its own Pride Festival (though the government is trying to limit it at least in size) and a number of venues which are not specially created for gay people, but proclaim LGBT-friendly policy. There are non-governmental LGBT rights groups such as Pink Budapest, who also run the city’s LGBT magazine Humen, want to bring in the global LGBTI community to help this scene thrive. Even though homosexuality was socially disapproved (but it is legal and has been legal since 19th century, though!) , the queer history of the city is rich. Budapest was home to Károly Kertbeny who first coined the terms homosexual and heterosexual. Kertbeny was also friends with Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, a pioneer of gay rights who came out in the 19th century, demanding an end to anti-sodomy laws in Hungary. ‘Momento Park’ is home to its communist history, to remind Hungarians of the importance of democracy – even if they are living in a country with state-controlled media.