Cafés, flats and even parks - the secret meeting places of sexual minorities

Author: Queer Memory — 26.3. 2021 — Share on Facebook / Copy link

Neither persecution nor knowing that a person can be punished for a public expression of their affection had stopped the minority-oriented people from finding “their own people”. This sometimes resulted in purely sexual relations, especially in parks or hidden places, but the needs and desires of these people were the same as anyone else’s. They were looking for love, companionship and friendship as well as places where they could feel good and be authentic for a while. These places often included the closed "home salons" for guests and a small group of people who already knew and trusted each other, or cafes, restaurants and bars, some of which provided gays and lesbians with a private space for undisturbed conversations and entertainment.

Hotel Carlton in Bratislava, a meeting place for the gay community.
The interior of the Egyetem Espresso café in Budapest, a meeting place for gay clients during socialism.
The Danube Promenade in Budapest, a meeting place for the gay community throughout the 20th century.
Elizabeth's Square (Erzsébet Tér) in Budapest, a meeting place for the gay community.
Drag group Csodálatos Mandarinok (Miraculous Mandarins) in the 80's at a private party.
Visitors of the Globus café in Prague, where homosexual clientele was meeting during socialism.
EMKE Café in Budapest, a popular meeting place for the gay community in different periods of the 20th century.
An advertisement in the magazine Hlas sexuální menšiny in the 1930s at the gay Casino de Paris in Ječná Street in Prague.
Author: Queer Memory
Published at: 26.3. 2021

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