UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)




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 a 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.

LGBTQ map of Hungary


  • Electronic Periodicals Archive & Database (EPA) - an initiative of the Hungarian Electronic Library (MEK) aimed at creating a bibliographic database and register of the Hungarian e-periodicals [in Hungarian and English].
  • MATARKA - Hungarian (academic) journals search engine provides direct links to articles where possible [in Hungarian and English]. 
Data and statistics
News portals
  • GAY.HU - newsportal including articles, movies, news etc [in Hungarian].
  • Humen magazine - a literary, cultural, public and lifestyle magazine that has been a gay-friendly intellectual forum since 2011 in the Hungarian press. Youtube channel, FacebookInstagram, and Twitter accounts [in Hungarian].
Digital libraries and archives

Libraries, archives:


  • Arcanum Digitheca - a database that includes scientific and professional journals, weekly and daily newspapers, encyclopedias, and thematic book collections [in Hungarian and English].
  • Fortepan - a copyright-free and community-based photo archive with over 100,000 photographs available for anyone to browse and download in high-resolution, free of charge [in Hungarian and English].
  • Hungaricana - Hungarian Cultural Heritage Portal search engine [in Hungarian and English].

Online exhibitions:

  • 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].
  • 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].
  • The Hungarian LGBT Association [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].
Other resources