Budapest offers just a reasonable gay scene for its size. Most gay people are discreet in public places and displays of affection are rare. Lesbian social life remains very much underground, with lots of private parties. There have been a couple of violent right-wing demonstrations in response to the Budapest Pride celebrations in recent years. Attitudes are changing, but society generally remains conservative on this issue.
www.budapest.gayguide.net Good listings and insider advice.
Háttér Society (Háttér Társaság; 1-329 2670; www.hatter.hu) Information and Counselling Hotline (1-329 3380) open 6pm to 11pm daily.
www.labrisz.hu Info on the city’s lesbian scene.