Labrisz is a lesbian assoc. that promotes self-acceptance and visibility of lesbian and bisexual women in Hungary.
It also organises conversation evenings and other community programmes as well as having educational programmes. It also has a Forum.
Club Rocco is a gay-friendly bar in Szeged that only opens on a saturday during the summer and on a friday and saturday during winter, 8pm - 4am in both seasons.
Read all the news and see the photos from this year's LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) March.
The Budapest Pride website also contains LGBTQ related topics and interests.
LMBT Közösségér is a LGBTQ assoc. formed by young members of the LGBTQ society and their hetero-sexual friends.
Their aim is to help young people face their sexuality while educating the public, via high school and university lectures, about the LGBTQ community in terms of questioning the stereotypes transmitted by the media and tackling the taboos.
In the past they have organised coach trips to the Budapest Pride Parade. A similar project is run by Meleg Vagyok who organise programs for LGBTQ people.
On a quest to find out where Lesbians and Gays (Leszbikusok És Melegek) hangout (meet up for a drink for example) in Szeged I started researching the Internet, physically looking around Szeged and asking lesbians/gays in the street "Where do you go?". Below are my findings.
Coming from London, UK where you are free to express your sexuality in public (i.e. same sex couples can publicly kiss each other, hold hands, show affection and talk about sexual content) whereby the average, educated, heterosexual person does not and will not find it offensive I found the 'Szeged Scene' slightly strange, but understandable.
Let's start with the older generation. Unfortunately they were born during World War II or just after with that stupid Victorian mentally - Children should be seen and not heard - which in today's age interprets as - Children who are gay or lesbian should be seen (by a doctor) and gay/lesbian issues should never be heard of again.
For them to have a gay/lesbian child or relative is a stigma for them and their entire family; especially if they come from a religious upbringing and live in a village. In many cases they either send for a doctor, and/or a priest, to cure their child or relative or simply disown/outcast them.
The older generation in Szeged are exactly the same as the older generation in the UK from the 1970s and before. They more or less only tolerate gays and lesbians today because they have to in order to be seen as tolerant and polite, but never speak of gay/lesbian issues or educate themselves to understanding that gays and lesbians are "normal people".
They easily forget that many of their favourite movie stars from the 1920s for example were gay or lesbian. But then again, they tend not to notice or when they believe they say "Yes, but he/she was a great actor". The problem with the older generation is that they are 'set in their ways' where ignorance is bliss for them. You can not teach an old dog (dinosaur!) new tricks.....
With the younger generation you might think they are better educated, which many of them are, but there are still many who just tolerate gays and lesbians (as not to look homophobic) but feel that gays and lesbians should not make a song and dance about their sexuality. They think that the Gay Pride march in Budapest for example is not needed because it closes the whole of Budapest for the day.
In other words, they do not have a problem with gays and lesbians but feel they should not be interrupting their lives on a Saturday for example just to celebrate their sexuality and/or to protest about gay/lesbian rights.
They do not understand why gays and lesbians have to protest for equality, against discrimination and so on. This mentality is because they grew up with their older generation parents'/relatives' beliefs and values. If they ever visit London, UK their eyes will be opened wide!
In time Hungary as a whole will become more tolerant, understanding and educated. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on your mentality Hungary will become like London, UK as it is now in 2017. Change takes time, so do not expect traditional Hungarians to adapt easily to change. Also remember you are a guest in their country and should therefore respect their old ways, traditions and beliefs; within reason!
With the above said: Gays and Lesbians should avoid 'dinosaur cities and towns' (and especially villages) such as Miskolc, Debrecen, Győr and Kecskemét. Budapest, Pécs and Szeged are much more gay and lesbian friendly, perhaps due to them having international students at their universities.
So now you have an insight into the mentality of Hungarians in terms of gay/lesbian sexuality it will come as no surprise to you that the Gay & Lesbian Scene in Szeged is virtually non-existent. No "special" pubs, clubs, bars, restaurants or public meeting points (hangouts) for gays and lesbians to visit. The Rocco Club is only gay/lesbian friendly, but not specifically for gays/lesbians.
The above means gays and lesbians have to act "normal" in Szeged and therefore visit local pubs, bars, hangouts, etc whereby they do not show their gay or lesbian affections too much. They may have the odd holding of hands or kiss in the street, but nothing over the top.
There used to be a place called NOT CAFÉ, located at 6723 Szeged, Római Körút 38, Hungary, but it has since closed down (around 2011/2012).
As part of my online research I have contacted various Budapest lesbian/gay forums to ask if there are any Szeged lesbian/gay hangouts/websites, set up a lesbian/gay Facebook page for those also searching for Szeged lesbian/gay information, searched Facebook for lesbian/gay user names and search endless days looking for snippets of information; all to no avail, bar the links in the right-side column of this web page.
Many of the forums I found were either out-of-date, had broken links to websites that no longer existed and/or only focused on Budapest and not Szeged. This was without the added problem of translating their Hungarian text! Luckily I had Tünde to help me.
I will do a little more research offline as to exactly where lesbians and gays can be actively found in Szeged and more importantly what they feel is the story regarding Szeged's lack of a Gay & Lesbian Scene.....watch this space! In the meantime I will leave you with this funny Funny video about: Gay MarriageYouTube Video.