Pride month events 2021

01/08/2021

Here you can read about all the events our Freedom Club members organised during this year's Pride month - enjoy! 

Budapest - Ki(áll)ítás: An exhibition on the Art of standing up for the LGBTQIA+ community

Freedom Club Budapest has brought to life the Kiállítás-an exhibition on the art of standing up for the LGBTQ+ community: a series of workshops which took place at various venues throughout the city (Csiga café, Auróra, Púder Bárszínház, Nagy Lumen Kávézó) during 12th-17th of July as a part of the 26th Budapest Pride Festival.

The art of standing up for the LGBTQIA+ community

What do we consider art? The nature of art is quite diverse and difficult to define.

Standing up for the LGBTQIA+ community shall be a form of art, and these workshops portrayed the fusion of art and standing up and went beyond facilitating discussions surrounding standing up for the LGBTQIA+ community: the workshops also encouraged artistic expression.

The planning-the birthday of the idea

The planning process of the workshops took place at Margaret Island and online with Freedom Club Budapest and invited artists. Exchanging multiple ideas about our visions regarding the workshops led to a flourishing creative flow. The method to think critically and in a creative way at the same time resulted in an efficient as well as inspiring planning environment. One main focus was to make sure that participants feel comfortable during their sharing and artistic experience at the workshops. Even though the planning team consisted of strangers, the common passion for standing up for the LGBTQIA+ community unified the lovely planning team.

The workshops-the artistic flow

The concept was to create separate canvases for the multiple workshops that can be joined together at the finale of the workshop series. The plain human figures overlapped several canvases and were painted by the artists.

The workshop started with an ice-breaker: associative games and space and time to arrive at the event physically as well as mentally.

Afterwards, questions were raised to generate a discussion about standing up such as:

What drives you? What does the act of standing up for a cause feel like? What does it feel like not being able to do it? What do you consider standing up? Where does standing up start and where does it end? Who do you do it for?

The participants engaged in the discussion, which was stimulating, motivating, and reflective as different perspectives were introduced and due to the curiosity and empathy of the participants an answer was often followed by more questions.

We made pairs for further one-on-one intimate dialogues. After the dialogues between the pairs, the duos started painting their impressions of each other with acrylic paint in diverse colours onto the canvas with human figures.

The black pre-painted human figures started to gain colours, diversity, words, personalities...WE COLOURED IT UP

During the painting, we consumed refreshing drinks and of course, the discussion continued to flow. Everyone was open-minded and keen on sharing opinions and ideas while creating art. The atmosphere was pleasant, full of love, passion, good intentions, curiosity, energy, and overall ART.

The workshops were officially closed in a round of sharing our feelings and impressions. It was a pleasure to continue the intriguing conversations alongside drinks with amazing individuals after the workshops.

The closing event - The holistic picture

The series of workshops reached their climax at the closing event where the 4 separate canvases were connected and came together as one holistic picture of diverse colourful human figures. Participants had the opportunity to try Human Rights Debating, which is a structured form of discussion with the aim to learn from each other instead of attacking and defeating viewpoints. The participants excelled at listening to and learning from each other. The coordinators of the Freedom Club have shared information about the efforts of Amnesty Hungary and Freedom Clubs. The workshop continued with crafting LGBTQ+ supporting posters with newspaper cutouts. The evening ended with more conversations, cooling drinks and chilling music at Lumen Kávézó.

The (lovely and diverse) End

The story of the unique art piece did not end at the closing event. The joint diverse canvas was brought to Budapest Pride on the 24th of July and ended up on the cover of a newspaper.

To conclude, the workshops brought together fascinating ideas, insightful discussions, artistic talents, and kind, passionate people. It was joyful and heartening to create art together and connect to others based on the shared value and mission to stand up for the LGBTQIA+ community and overall triggering a positive change in the world.

// Évi Bučys//


Pécs - Pride Movie Marathon: Our must-watch LGBTQIA+ movies

"We're here, we're queer, we're making beautiful art and you're going to sit down and see it." Sheila Munyiva of Rafiki (2018)

It was exciting to have the second LGBTQ+ movie marathon in correlation with Pride month again in Pécs city, now more than ever we feel the importance of educating ourselves about the daily lives of the LGBTQ+ community to recognise and acknowledge the bravery of their voices and stories. This year’s list was created to cast the light on a teenager’s story and the struggles of being lost and misunderstood, in addition to a documentary movie about one influential book shop that has been supporting the gay community.

In this year’s selection, we tried to honour the journey of teenagers and their bravery and show some hidden part of the gay art history that might not be very known, and what's better than to watch them with friends, popcorn and some COLOURFUL candies!

The Miseducation of Cameron Post (film)

July 18, 2018 (France)
6.6/10 IMDb 86% Rotten Tomatoes 4/5 Common Sense Media

In 1993 after teenage Cameron is caught in the backseat of a car with the prom queen, she is sent away to a treatment centre in a remote area called God's Promise. While she is being subjected to questionable gay conversion therapies, she bonds with some fellow residents as they pretend to go along with the process while waiting to be released.

The most affecting moments are those in which even the resilient Cameron falls prey to self-doubt, ground down by the psychobabble bullying of the "de-gaying" process. Flashbacks to her relationship with her girlfriend Coley (with whom she watched movies like Desert Hearts on VHS) show tenderness, passion, and love. Yet it's the shock of discovery that haunts Cameron, oddly evoking the fragmentary, guilty nightmares of Midnight Cowboy. "What if this really is my only chance, and I'm blowing it?" she pleads in a moment of crisis. "I'm tired of feeling disgusted with myself." Jane's response is typically astute: "Maybe you're supposed to feel disgusted when you're a teenager."

It was touching to see our audience getting emotional while Camron was sinking in self-doubts, and living waives of lost and found, till the end of the movie. We enjoyed the ending of the movie which was filled with joy and somehow mysterious relief... it is for sure a movie that could touch hearts and leave you with a fuzzy sense of happiness

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/sep/09/desiree-akhavan-miseducation-of-cameron-post-review
Source: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/sep/09/desiree-akhavan-miseducation-of-cameron-post-review

Circus of Books (film)

April 26, 2019, Tribeca Film Festival
7.1/10 IMDb 98% Rotten Tomatoes

In 1976 a couple takes over an adult bookstore, and the store becomes the biggest distributor of gay porn in the United States. Circus of Books is a triumph of filmmaking in the way it covers such a range of topics so seamlessly: LGBTQ history, pornography, religion, obscenity law, media, AIDS, coming out, parenthood, and more.

An affectionate and absorbing documentary from filmmaker Rachel Mason about her devout parents, who ran a famous adult bookstore in early-80s LA. The movie describes an unexpected, complicated story of sadness and paradoxes that are not entirely solved by the end of the movie. The story of two religious Jewish American families who found themselves in financial difficulties that made them dominate the Gay porn industry in the USA, the movie explains how both Karen and Barry, the store owners, changed their perspective of the industry along the timeline of their lives: in the beginning, their work was completely separated from family and along the way you can see how they changed and they discovered that one of their sons is gay: the business and family were not so separate after all.

The movie is entertaining informative and emotional, it checks all the right boxes!!

Source: netflix.com
Source: netflix.com

By the end of the movie marathon, we were able to have a short discussion about the movies and the impact that they have, and we were glad to enjoy the movies with the company and support of our Pécs friends and FC members, we hope to see you all in our upcoming Movie marathons.

//Shaha Maiteh// .


Pécs - LGBTQIA+ Pop Quiz

This year, we tried to organize two different events for Pride: The Movie Marathon was about "quiet" entertainment, while the Quiz afternoon was about letting our voices, creativity, and ideas out. In nearly an hour and a half, participants answered 35 very difficult questions, which varied widely in their topics, the only thing they had in common being that they all related to the LGBTQIA+ community. Whether it's history, pop culture, fun facts, or legal issues, there's a question for each topic.

Do you know what the term Molly House means? Who were the Azande warriors? Did Marsha P. Johnson throw bricks at Stonewall or what is Stonewall anyway? These and many more were the topics of the quiz afternoon and the interactive discussion following it.

//Máté Mali//