Happy Pride Month! Safe spaces and resources for the LGBTQ+ community in Prague

Prague has numerous bars, clubs, and organizations which go out of their way to be LGBTQ+ friendly.

Sabina Batyrshina

Written by Sabina Batyrshina Published on 26.06.2023 14:05:00 (updated on 17.07.2023) Reading time: 3 minutes

This is the first in a series of student articles written as part of a journalism course at Anglo-American University in Prague.

As a post-communist country, the Czech Republic has a long and complicated history regarding LGBTQ+ rights and acceptance. Until the Velvet Revolution in 1989, Czechoslovakia was a socialist republic, and under communist rule, homosexuality had even been considered a crime. However, attitudes towards LGBTQ+ individuals underwent a significant change after the fall of communism.

The Czech Republic finally decriminalized homosexuality after the fall of the communist regime, which marked a monumental step towards equality for the LGBTQ+ community. However, the majority of LGBTQ+ people still say they face harassment and discrimination. A 2023 study by Rainbow Europe, a pro-LGBTQ+ research company, found that Czechia ranked 33rd out of 49 European countries in their annual review of LGBTQ+ human rights.

The government is currently discussing the potential legalization of same-sex marriage, and is due to debate it next week. Reluctance on behalf of some coalition parties – such as the Christian Democrats – has delayed its potential implication. A poll released this month shows that the majority of Czechs (almost six in 10) support gay marriage – this is a rising trend.

Over the years, numerous individuals and organizations have dedicated countless hours to improving the situation for LGBTQ+ people in the Czech Republic. One of the most important milestones was the establishment of Prague Pride in 2011. This non-profit organization is committed to promoting LGBTQ+ rights and acceptance in the country through various programs and activities, including the annual Prague Pride Parade.

You may have come across various terms when referring to the LGBT community. LGBTQ+ stands for "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning," with the "+" denoting any other orientations, such as pansexuality and omnisexuality. A newer name, LGBTQIA+, includes the above sexualities but also specifies intersexuality and asexuality.

Prague Pride has played a pivotal role in creating an accepting and enjoyable environment for LGBTQ+ individuals in Prague. The parade has experienced significant growth over the years, attracting not only locals but also thousands of people from around the world. Additionally, Prague Pride hosts various events throughout the year, such as film screenings, discussions, and parties, which can be accessed and monitored through its official website.

Safe and accepting places for LGBTQ+ people in Prague

Prague is known for being a welcoming destination for queer and trans individuals seeking refuge due to their identities. The city offers a wide range of LGBTQ+ dedicated and LGBTQ+ friendly establishments. Here are some popular places:

  • Café Bar Flirt - a popular gay bar in the heart of Prague's gay quarter, Vinohrady.
  • Saints Bar Prague - a cozy and friendly gay bar with a laid-back atmosphere.
  • The Bourgeois Pig - a hip and trendy café that welcomes everyone, including the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Klub 21 - a queer-friendly nightclub that hosts various LGBTQ+ events and parties.
  • Café Bar Flamingo - a lively and colorful bar that attracts a diverse crowd, including LGBTQ+ individuals and allies.
  • Friends club - a popular LGBTQ+ friendly bar that also hosts drag shows.

Organizations that support the LGBTQ+ community beyond Pride events

Inclusivity and acceptance should not be limited to superficial displays of rainbow merchandise and flags. True acceptance entails continuous efforts to create a better and safer world where everyone, regardless of their identities or whom they love, can find happiness and safety.

Here are some organizations working tirelessly to provide a safe space for LGBTQ+ individuals throughout the Czech Republic:

  • Prague Pride - an initial organization that focuses on the acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community in Prague through various events and activities. Their website can be found here.
  • Queer Geography - a group of queer activists who work to create safer and more inclusive spaces for LGBTQ+ people in Prague. Their website can be found here.
  • Trans*parent - a group that focuses on the needs and rights of transgender and non-binary people in the Czech Republic. You can find more information here.
  • Logos - a counseling center that provides support to LGBTQ+ individuals and their families. More about Logos can be found here.

Despite the huge progress that has been made, there is still much work to be done to ensure full equality and acceptance for LGBTQ+ people in the Czech Republic. Many are still facing discrimination and harassment.

However, the efforts of the organizations listed here are making a significant difference, and there is hope that the situation will continue to improve in the coming years.

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