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Guide to resources on LGBTQ+ in Eastern Europe: Czechia

Czechia Overview

 

LGBT map of Czechia

 

Czech law bans discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Despite the fact that the Czech Republic has recognized registered partnership since 2006, full equality for same-sex couples is not legalised. According to the Pew Research Center survey conducted 2015-2017 in 34 countries showed that 65% of Czechs favour and only 29% oppose same-sex marriage.

 

Academic and professional institutions with research on LGBTQ and Gender Studies:

Centre for Gender Studies was opened at the Philosophical Faculty, Charles University in 1998. In 2003, it moved to the Faculty of Humanities as an independent Department of Gender Studies. Among the areas of research covered by the department are:

  • Feminism a GLBTQ activism - mutual influences, relations and interactions,
  • Gay Fatherhood, Gay and Lesbian Parenthood
  • Narratives of Sexual Identity Heteronormativity and homophobia in Czech society
  • Gay and lesbian oral history

A professional think-tank of experts, scientific, pedagogical and professional staff, as well as other people interested in interdisciplinary understanding and study of human sexuality (sexualities), gender identity (identities) and issues related to them.

Resources

Books

 

Academic Repositories

 

Data and statistics

 

Reports and analysis

 

Periodicals

  • Gender a výzkum/Gender and Research  is a peer-reviewed transdisciplinary journal of gender studies and feminist theory. The territorial focus is on Central and Eastern Europe as well as other global macro-regions. The journal publishes articles in Czech or English in the fields of sociology, philosophy, political science, history, cultural studies, and other branches of the social sciences and humanities [in Czech and English].

 

Oral histories and archives

  • Interviews – only available in the Centre for Queer Memory [in Czech].

 

Newsportals

  • 004.cz - community news portal [in Czech].

  • Artalk.cz - contemporary art portal [in Czech].

 

Audio/Video

  • TV programs:

Magazin Q  [in Czech].

Kvér  [in Czech].

LeGaTo [in Czech].

  • Browse DAFilms documentaries - DAFilms.com is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals [in English].

Organisations

  • Stejná rodina - An association whose goal is to achieve legal equality between homosexual and heterosexual families. Page is in reconstruction.

  • STUD - An association of gays, lesbians, and friends, co-organizes Mezipatra Queer Film Festival, runs Queer Library etc. [in Czech and English].

  • eLnadruhouAn association organizing an eponymous cultural festival for women regardless of their sexual orientation [in Czech, Polish, English].

  • Gales - A Prague gay and lesbian university association organizing regular events [in Czech].

  • Charlie - A students’ association of Charles University [in Czech and English].

  • Logos - An ecumenical Christian association of gays and lesbians [in Czech].

  • M-klub Lambda Praha - An association of gays [in Czech].

  • Společnost pro queer paměť - Association for Queer Memory [in Czech].

  • Trans*parent - organisation for transgender a genderqueer people [in Czech and English].

  • TransFusion - trans advocacy and education organisation [in Czech].

Other

  • Prague Pride An association supporting LGBT rights and organizing an annual pride festival [in Czech and English].
  • Mezipatra Queer Film Festival – A festival of films with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender topics that we held annually since 2000 in Prague and Brno [in Czech and English].
  • Minorities Free law center for minorities [in Czech].
  • GaTe – Since 2003 we have been organizing regular meetings, few days' experiential events, sports, cultural, or social events for young gays during their coming-out period. By organizing debates at secondary schools, we are also involved in the development of public education and community life [in Czech].
  • Studividlo – A friendly association of amateur actors who enjoy acting, have a tendency for theatrical behavior (and are not ashamed to admit it!), and have a good sense of humor and fun [in Czech].
  • QueerLab – This project’s aim is to provide a space for social and cultural activities outside the heteronormative social framework. Through our ideas, we would like to allow non-heterosexual people present themselves in a representative and respectful manner [in English].
  • Queer Library – Unique and only one in the Czech Republic, it contains over 500 Czech or English books, dozens of scientific publications, and hundreds of magazines, all concerned with LGBT community in the Czech Republic and around the world [in Czech and English].
  • Queer map of Brno (in progress) – A tourist map of downtown Brno and its surroundings marked with points of interest important for people from both within and outside of LGBT community [in Czech and English].

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This guide is produced and curated by UCL SSEES Library as part of the UCL European Institute’s Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Programme 2019.   

 


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