author : Péter Hanzli
Text in hungarian available at http://lmbttortenetihonap.hu/tobb-mint-1700-latogato-8-lmbt-torteneti-honap-rendezvenyein
In February, LGBT History month is a great event in UK and in many other countries in the world. Such as Hungary.
With the coordination of Háttér Society and Labrisz Lesbian Association and with the participation of 33 organizations, groups and individuals, LGBT History month has been organized this year for the 8th time in Hungary. The history of LGBT people was recalled through 50 programs altogether in February – in lectures, discussions, games, workshops, exhibitions, and film screenings. Besides Budapest, programs were organized in Debrecen, Szeged, Kecskemét, and Székesfehérvár too. Almost 1700 visitors took part in the programs throughout the month.
The program series was opened by British writer and journalist Neil McKenna – a researcher of Oscar Wilde and the author of a popular biography –, related to the 125th anniversary of Wilde’s trials and imprisonment. The opening speech was followed by the screening of “The Happy Prince”, a 2018 movie directed by and starring Rupert Everett. Neil McKenna also gave a lecture at the Central European University, telling the story of a sensational show trial in England, pursued in 1870 against two well-known British drag queens, Fanny and Stella.
There were several round-tables and lectures on a variety of topics. Among other things, visitors had the opportunity to listen to a lecture on the Irish marriage equality campaign, to watch a documentary on the most influential American filmmakers of the last 50 years, to hear about the spread of AIDS and contemporary activism in the early 1990s France, and to get to know the work of Alfred Kinsey, and Swiss, English, German, and American activists at the 19th and early 20th century, as well as the history of the LGBT media. There were also special subjects related to Hungary: the Hungarian critical edition of Edward Prime-Stevenson’s novel: Imre. A Memorandum, the listing of homosexuals in Hungary in 1942, and the history of the Budapest Prides between 1992 and 2019. Thematic quiz games, workshops, and parties were also part of the program series.