AZ EGY BÁN GYA HOW TO PUT EQUALITY INTO PRACTICE? - MEK

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AZ EGY BÁN GYA HOW TO PUT EQUALITY INTO PRACTICE? - MEK

II. Social visibility and acceptance of LGBT people in HungaryBy examining the terminology used in HVG to describe homosexualsit turned out that besides the “traditional” use of words with negative oreven obscene connotation – functioning mainly as signs to emphasise thesocial distance between the speaker and “the homosexuals” –, by thesecond half of the 1990s the word ‘meleg’ (which can be interpreted asthe Hungarian version of “gay”, with the literary meaning “warm”)suggesting respect for the self-definition of homosexuals graduallybecame widely accepted and entered into everyday use.The media representations of HVG on homosexuality between1993 and 2000 can be interpreted as documents of growing socialvisibility of homosexuality in Hungary, the extension of which can showon the one hand the level of cultural and social integration ofhomosexuality in society, while on the other hand it can reflect thepower relations of homosexual groups in society and their abilities oropportunities for self-expression.II.3. The socio-cultural infrastructure of LGBTpeople in HungaryThe scope of the socio-cultural infrastructure for LGBT people inHungary covers organisations representing their various kinds ofinterests, events and virtual as well as real places where they can meet,organise and socialise.There are several officially functioning organisations representingthe interests of LGBT people in Hungary at present. These are the HáttérSupport Society for LGBT People, the Labrisz Lesbian Association,the Lambda Budapest Gay Association, the Habeas Corpus WorkingGroup, the Five Loaves of Bread Community (“Öt kenyér” ChristianCommunity for Homosexuals), the “DAMKÖR” Gay Association, the“Együtt Egymásért Kelet Magyarországon” (Together for Each Other inEast-Hungary) Gay Association, the Szimpozion Association, the AtlaszLGBT Sport Association, and the Rainbow Mission Foundation. TheHomeros-Lambda, the first officially recognized Hungarian homosexualorganisation was established in 1988 – but it does not function any longer.Háttér Support Society for LGBT people was established in 1995with the objectives “to further the self-organisation of Hungarian sexualminorities, to dissolve nonsensical, but widely spread stereotypes and25

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