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Guide to resources on LGBTQ+ in Eastern Europe: Hungary

Hungary Overview

LGBT map of Hungary


Homosexual practices between consenting adults became decriminalized in 1961. Registered partnerships are available for same-sex couples since 2009, but marriage is banned. Adoption is possible for single persons, or married couples, but not for couples in civil partnership (i.e. same-sex couples). Discrimination on a basis of sexual orientation, or gender identity is banned in employment, housing, and military. It is legal in Hungary to change legal gender without gender reassignment surgery. There are several organisations advocating for LGBT rights in Hungary, the list can be found below.


Academic research 

Some research on LGBT is carried out in following institutions.

Faculty of Social Sciences and International Relations, Corvinus University of Budapest

Institute of Sociology, Corvinus University of Budapest

Faculty of Social Sciences, Eötvös Loránd University 

Institute for Sociology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences





  • Humen magazine - a literary, cultural, public and lifestyle magazine, and has been a gay-friendly intellectual forum since 2011 in the Hungarian press. Their Youtube channel, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts [in Hungarian, and English].




Data and statistics


Reports and analysis




  • Háttér Society is the largest and oldest currently operating LGBTQI organization in Hungary. It has a wide range of publications about LGBTQ in Hungary. Their Facebook profile [Hungarian, English[

  • Labrisz is an initiative which, apart from providing social space, reflects on the social position of lesbian and bisexual women in an organized form. The website contains interesting archival material, information about projects and events, and a forum. Their Youtube channel [Hungarian, English]

  • Szimpozion is an organisation promoting positive LGBTQ image in Hungary. Their Facebook profile, and Youtube channel [Hungarian, English]

  • The Hungarian LGBT Association [English]

  • Atlasz Sports Club was founded in 2004, with the goal of helping LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) men and women athletes in an environment where they don't have to hide their identity [English]


  • Patent Association - from the Hungarian phrase Patriarchátust Ellenzők Társasága, which means Society Against Patriarchy is an association of women’s rights defenders (lawyers) and psychologists, as well as gender-based violence experts [Hungarian, English]
  • GAY.HU - newsportal including articles, movies, news etc [Hungarian]


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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