LGBT History Month in Hungary


LGBT History Month in Hungary and 5 Other Countries
February, 2013 – Budapest
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Okay, you may have missed the first event listed below, but check the schedule for the other events and the other countries celebrating using the URL above. 
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LAUNCH – FEBRUARY 1 2013
1. Opening Ceremony + Screening of Documentary “Secret Years” about the lives of Hungarian lesbians before and after 1989… Program in Hungarian; the movie has English subtitles.
• Opening speech by the famous film director, Károly Makk, the director of the first Hungarian movie on lesbians, Another Way
• Moderator: the famous actress Klára Spilák. 
• Other Speakers:  Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis, Ambassador to Hungary from the United States of America; Deputy Head of Mission, the Embassy of the United Kingdom, Theresa Bubbear; 
• Music: Márta Berezvai (trumpet), György Rózsa (guitar)
• When: February 1, 2013 at 6 pm. Film screening from 6.30 pm; reception from 8 pm.
• Where: Vörösmarty Movie Theater (1085 Budapest, Üllői út 4.)

EXHIBITION AT THE VÖRÖSMARTY MOVIE THEATER
2. Exhibition: “Against the Rules”: Lesbians and Gays in Sport. Lesbian and gay sportspeople pursue a wider range of sports than assumed, they are not only skaters and lesbian footballers. Gay, lesbian, and transgender athletes have remained invisible. The exhibition aims to break the taboos of homosexuality in sports, and also to draw attention to the various forms of discrimination against sexual minorities in sports. At the same time, the exhibition also wants to show how sport can help lesbians and gays to be more confident.

“Gegen die Regeln – Lesben und Schwule im Sport”, an exhibition presented by the acceptance campaign of the Ministry for Youth, Family, and Health of the North Rhine-Westphalia regional government, and organized jointly by the SC Janus, Cologne’s Centrum Schwule Geschichte (Gay History Centre), and others. It was updated by the European Gay & Lesbian Sport Federation (EGLSF) and translated into several languages in 2009. The exhibition consists of biography panels besides intro and historical texts. 

When: February 1, 2013 from 6 pm to 9 pm
Where: Vörösmarty Movie Theatre (the venue of the opening ceremony)

FILM AND DISCUSSION
3. Hilda Gobbi Film Club:  Screening of the German movie, “Aimée and Jaguar” Felice, an intelligent and courageous Jewish woman who lives under a false name, belongs to an underground organization. Lilly, a devoted mother of four, though an occasional unfaithful wife, is desperate for love. An unusual and passionate love between them blossoms despite the danger of persecution and nightly bombing raids. The Gestapo is on Felice’s trail. Her friends flee, she decides to sit out the war with Lilly. One hot day in August 1944, the Gestapo is waiting in Lilly’s flat…  (Source: iMDb) 
The screening is followed by a discussion with the literary historian Katalin Pécsi, the cultural sociologist Magda Marsovszky, and the gender researcher Edit Kovács. Program in Hungarian.
• When: February 2, 2013 at 6 pm
• Where: Café Vis Major (1137 Budapest, Jászai Mari tér 4/A – entrance from Pozsonyi út)

PANEL DISCUSSIONS AT THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED KINGDOM 
4. Discussion: Amor lesbicus in the light of the pre-war medical literature.  Anna Borgos’s presentation focuses on the reception of lesbianism within homosexuality in the Hungarian educational literature in the early 20th century. Extensive psychiatric and psychoanalytical literature dealing with “normal“ and “perverse“ forms of sexuality was available during this time. However, this period was rather a transmission, as homosexuality was pathologized, and the theory of biological determination was still strongly believed. On the other hand, this was also the time when the first human rights and liberation discourses appeared. Program in Hungarian.
• When: February 7, 2013  at 6 pm
• Where: Embassy of The United Kingdom (1051 Budapest, Harmincad u. 6.)
• RSVP by February 6 –lmbthonap@hatter.hu

5. Discussion: The beginning of the history of Budapest Pride – Pink Picnic, Pink Week. How did the LGBT festivals and parades start in Hungary? Discussion with invited guests; the organizers of the 1992 Pink Picnic, the 1993 first Gay and Lesbian Festival, and the 1997 first Pride Parade. Program in Hungarian. Moderator: the journalist Artner Sisso
• When: February 7, 2013 at 7 pm
• Where: Embassy of the United Kingdom (1051 Budapest, Harmincad u. 6.)
• RSVP by February 6  – kultura@budapestpride.hu

DISCUSSION
6. Discussion: PFLAG Talk. Gay Guide History. Planned guests: famous drag queens such as Terry Black, Miss Mandarin, Lola Dömötör, Csepy, Tequila, Zoltán Glöckner. Discussion with managers of gay bars and popular drag queens. What was the name of the first gay club? Where was the first drag queen show hold? Where and when was the first gay party organized? When did the first gay club open in Budapest and in the countryside? Program in Hungarian. Organizer: PFLAG
• When: February 8, 2013 at 7 pm
• Where: Funny Carrot Gay Drink Bar (1053 Budapest, Szép u. 1/b)

LGBT TOUR AROUND BUDAPEST
7. Tour: Pink Perspective Tour Budapest. Let’s visit all the places of Budapest which are related to LGBT history. Where did the legendary Egyetem Presszó (Presso University), the first gay bar used to be? Where did the first gay march start? Where can we pay tribute to Hilda Gobbi or János Pilinszky? LGBT-themed sightseeing tour in English and Hungarian. 
• When: February 9, 2013:  from 2 pm to 5 pm
• Where: to be sent by e-mail
• RSVP: lmbthonap@hatter.hu 

DISCUSSIONS
8. Discussion: Skirts and pants in vocalic music. Mária Kristófy’s night with music and pictures.  Selection from men’s and mixed choirs, castrated singers, famous artists (e.g. Michael Jackson). The history of the opera in gendered views starting with Poppea and finishing with Madama Butterfly. Heroines, prophetesses, witches, courtesans, and other female characters in music. What does an opera singer look like? Does she roll over and scream on the stage or, rather, is she a cover girl? Shall I watch opera? Is listening enough? CD or DVD? Shall I go to the Opera House or not? Bring your favorite CD, DVD, and story. Let us listen to it together. Program in Hungarian.
• When: February 9, 2013 at 6 pm
• Where: Café Vis Major ((1137 Budapest, Jászai Mari tér 4/A – entrance from Pozsonyi út)

9. Discussion: How did the LGBT live in Hungary before the changes in the political system? Discussion with witnesses on how gay people could live in the Kádár-era, how they could get to know each other, how the regime dealt with them. How did the first Hungarian LGBT movement start? Program in Hungarian. Organizer: Szimpozion Association
• When: February 9, 2013 at 8 pm
• Where: 1013 Budapest, Krisztina tér 1. (bell 107)

PARTY
10. Party: PINKSTORY FANCY PARTY. The fancy dress party of the LGBT History Month. Music: Dj Nyeste
• When: February 9, 2013 at 10 pm
• Where: Club Bazaar (1074 Budapest, Dohány utca 22-24.)
• Admission fee: HUF 1000; in fancy dress: HUF 500;  totally in pink: free!

SPORTS COMPETITION
11. Pink-Pong Cup 2013. This is the first time when all the Hungarian LGBT organizations, and the Coordinators of the LGBT events will organize a (sports) event to provide the opportunity for anyone who is interested to get to know them, to raise questions and to involved with LGBT projects. Program in Hungarian, but most of the volunteers speak English. Organizer: Atlasz Sports Association
• When: February 10, 2013 – 4 pm
• Where: Bar Pepita Ofélia (1074 Budapest, Klauzál tér 5.)

DISCUSSIONS
12. Discussion: Homosexuality in History. What do sources from the Middle and the early Modern Ages say about homosexuality? Famous Hungarian LGBT people in the past. Discussion with the historian Bence M. Eszenyi; moderator: Péter Hanzli. Program in Hungarian.
• When: February 10, 2013 at 6 pm
• Where: 1013 Budapest, Krisztina tér 1. (bell 107)

13. Discussion: For 18 Years in Service of the Hungarian LGBT Community. Discussion with Bence Gábor Takács and László Láner, the editor-in chief and founder of the first Hungarian LGBT magazine, Mások. The repertory of Mások. Program in Hungarian.
• When: February 13, 2013 at 6 pm
• Where: Bálint House, Room Maceszgombóc (1065 Budapest, Révay u. 16.)

ART WORKSHOPS
14. Workshop: Art Workshops in Bar Pepita Ofelia. Selection from the past years’ exhibitions of the Lesbian Identities Festival (LIFT). Show hosted by the performers of LIFT. Mutual art: the creation of the “LGBT History Month Relic”. Talent search. Program in Hungarian, but many of the volunteers speak English.
• When: February 13, 2013 at 8 pm
• Where: Bar Pepita Ofélia (1072 Budapest, Klauzál tér 5.)

LABRISZ OPEN HOUSE
15. Labrisz Lazuló – Open House
The role and situation of the woman in the late Renaissance, and Baroque. Program in Hungarian.
• Lecture by Andrea Dittera-Balogh. 
• When: February 15, 2013 at 7 pm
• Where: Office of Labrisz (VIII. Budapest, Szentkirályi u. 22-24. ground floor; bell: “Tégy az emberért”)

WORKSHOP DISCUSSION
16. Workshop: History of the LGBT Psychology. Csilla Faix-Prukner and Krisztián Rózsa tells us how homosexuality was considered by psychology, how it changed over time. Besides this, we will talk about the psychology of LGBTQ relationships and families; the relationship between LGBTQ movements and community psychology. Program in Hungarian. Organizer: www.melegpar.hu 
• When: February 16, 2013 at 11 am
• Where: Bálint House, Room Maceszgombóc (1065 Budapest, Révay u. 16.)

17. Discussion: Janus Pannonius, Pilinszky, Nádasdy, and Bros. Poet Andras Gerevich’s discussion with literary Zoltán Csehy on Jánosz Plinszky’s, Janus Pannonius’ and Ádám Nádasdy’s homoerotical poems. Program in Hungarian.
• When: February 16, 2013 at 6 pm
• Where: Bar Pepita Oféla (1072 Budapest, Klauzál tér 5.)

DANCE
18. Dance Night of Charme Hungary Same-sex Dance Group:  Hungarian Same-sex dancers have been winning international dance competitions for many years, that is why Charme would like to share its success with the audience. Let’s dance rumba, cha-cha-cha, jive, English waltz, salsa, samba, and tango together! After the show, dances will be taught.
• When: February 16 at 7:30 pm
• Where: 1013 Budapest, Krisztina tér 1. (bell 107)
• Admission fee: HUF 600

PANEL DISCUSSION

19. Panel Discussion: ‘Why I am proud to be a lesbian American’. Senator Katherine Zappone will speak about what it was like to grow up gay in America during the civil rights era of the 1960’s. She will speak about the advocacy efforts of American LGBT groups and how American policies changed over the decades. She will conclude with a reflection on the significance of President Obama’s support for LGBT rights in America. 
Program in English. Funded by the Embassy of the United States with the organizer contribution of CEU HRSI.
• When: February 18 at 11 am
• Where: Central European University (1051, Budapest, Nádor u. 9.), Popper Room (103)

LECTURE
20. Public Lecture: “Our Lives Out Loud: In Pursuit of Marriage Equality in Ireland.” Presented by Senator Katherine Zappone and Dr. Ann Louise Gilligan. 
This Presentation will tell the story of how they initiated the path towards marriage equality in Ireland in 2004 by taking a case against the Irish state.   They will talk about why they chose to marry each other, how it fits with their understanding of justice and equality, and outline how Ireland is responding to this pursuit for justice and equality.  They will talk about the marriage equality advocacy groups in Ireland and how Irish society is changing towards a positive acceptance of equality for LGBT people.

Katherine Zappone is a Commissioner with the Irish Human Rights Commission. As a former CEO of the National Women’s Council of Ireland, she represented its membership in Ireland and internationally, contributed to public policy-making and directed its research program. She led and established the Tallaght West Childhood Development Initiative, Ltd, a 10 year strategy and service implementation program to improve outcomes for children and families.
Dr. Ann Louise Gilligan was a professor of Education at St Patrick’s College, of Dublin City University, and currently works as a Director in The Centre for Progressive Change, where she consults with universities and the Irish government on issues related to education and equality. 

Program in English. Funded by the Embassy of the United States with the organizer contribution of CEU HRSI.
• When: February 18 at 5:30 pm
• Where: Central European University (1051, Budapest, Nádor u. 9.), Gellner Room (103)

BOOK PROGRAM
21. Program of Queer Publisher: 
New books:
Ferenc Vidra Szabó: Árnyéklovag
Krisztián Verős: Meleg családi fészek.
Program in Hungarian.
• When: February 20 at 7 pm
• Where: Pepita Ofélia Bár (1072 Budapest, Klauzál tér 5.)

FLASHMOB
22. Flashmob: Hilda Gobbi flashmob. Commemorating on the famous actress’, Hilda Gobbi’s 100th birthday anniversary at the National Theatre.
• When: February 22, 2013 at 5 pm
• Where: in front of the National Theater

DISCUSSION
23. Discussion with Hilda Gobbi’s peers. Hilda Gobbi would have been 100 years old in 2013. Discussion about her life with the actress Kriszta Szalay, the journalist Katalin Szegváry, and the producer András Szolnoki. Program in Hungarian.
• Moderator: the writer Anna Lovas Nagy.
• When: February 22, 2013 at 6 pm
• Where: Café Vis Major (1137 Budapest, Jászai Mari tér 4/A – entrance from Pozsonyi út)

QUIZZES AND GAMES
24. Quiz: Rainbow History Quiz for teams. Program in Hungarian. Organizer: Szimpozion Association
• Quiz master: István Vágó
• When: February 23, 2013 at 8 pm
• Where: 1013 Budapest, Krisztina tér 1. (bell 107)

25. Game Night: Queen of Spades Lesbian Game Club. 
• When: February 24, 2013 at 6 pm
• Where: Café Vis Major (1137 Budapest, Szent István krt. 2.)

DISCUSSIONS
26. Discussion: The Queer-phenomena in Contemporary Hungarian Literature. Discussion with the poet András Gerevich, the art historian Zsolt Mészáros, the editor-in-chief of Queer Publisher, Dóra Sós. Program in Hungarian. Event supported by the Attila József Literary Association.
• Moderator: the journalist and critic Zsigmond Kassai.
• When: February 25, 2013 at 7 pm
• Where: Roham Bar (1088 Budapest, Vas utca 16.)

PERFORMANCE
27. Performance: Transfjúz Association: Q. Directed by Olga Sára Kelenhegyi. The Transfjúz Association consists of young people from different disciples of art. Theater (traditional, nonverbal, pantomime, performance), installation, photo, film, electronic media art are used together to connect society with individuals. One’s own interaction with oneself, others, and society in everyday life, and on special days. Program in Hungarian.

• When: February 25, 2013 at 8 pm
• Where: Pepita Ofélia Bár (1072 Budapest, Klauzál tér 5.)

28. Discussion: From Lawsuits to Prides. Introduction of Judit Takács’s three-year-long LGBT history research, “The 20th Century Social History of Homosexuality in Hungary until 1990,” which started in January, 2013, and which is being funded by the National Scientific Research Fund (OTKA). Anita Kurmay will speak about her Ph.D. dissertation written for Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA. Program in Hungarian.
• When: February 26, 2013 at 7 pm
• Where: Budapest Corvinus University, Sóház building, lecture room #2 (1093 Budapest, Fővám tér 13-15.)

29. Discussion: Controversial Figures in the History of the Hungarian LGBT Community. Discussion of conservative LMBT characters (Cécile Tormay, Kálmán Tahly, Károly Kertbeny, Sándor Vay). Participants: Anna Borgos, Anita Kurimay, Judit Takács. Moderator: Balázs Pálfi. Program in Hungarian.
• When: February 28, 2103 at 6 pm
• Where: Bálint House, Room Maceszgombóc (1065 Budapest, Révay u. 16.)

30. Discussion: Fashion and gay people. Discussion with the famous stylist, Márk Lakatos on how well-known gay fashion designers have impacted either women’s or men’s fashion, and how “metrosexual” men’s fashion has been formed. Followed by a chill-out at Bar L’Aura. Program in Hungarian.
• When: February 28, 2013 at 8 pm
• Where: Werk Style and Communication Academy (1053 Budapest, Kecskeméti u. 3.); Bar L’Aura (1053 Budapest, Kecskeméti u. 6.)

FILM
31. Film screening: ‘Secret Years’. Screened throughout the country in order to strengthen the LGBT community. Followed by discussions with the women from the film and the audiences in Miskolc, Debrecen, and Szeged in order to strengthen the LGBT community in the Hungarian countryside. Program in Hungarian.
• When & Where: to be released online

WORKSHOP
32. Workshop: The oral history of international LGBT.  Everybody is welcome to share the LGBT history of his/her country of origin. Program in English.
• When: TBD
• Where: CEU

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