After 30 years of democracy, it is quite easy to live as a gay person in the Czech Republic. But it wasn’t always like that throughout our history. For example, during WWII the Nazis sent many gay people to prison or concentration camps. The beginning of the communist regime in the 50s wasn’t much better. It was only in 1961 that same-sex sexual activity was decriminalized. Nevertheless, most people only dared to reveal their real sexual orientation in the 90s, after the fall of the communist regime, when they could finally openly admit their sexuality without the fear of negative consequences.
Unregistered cohabitation became legal in 2001 and civil partnership was introduced in 2006. Ever since then, more than 3,200 couples have registered their partnership. More people registered after 2016, when child adoption for homosexual couples became legal. As for today, marriage for gay couples is currently being discussed by the Chamber of Deputies. If this law makes it through, it will be a great relief for LGBTQ couples.
In the last couple of years, the attitude of the city has become very gay-friendly, it’s unlikely you will encounter any problems during your visit; the locals are becoming more and more tolerant towards the gay community and as a result, a host of queer bars, clubs and events have sprung up all over the city to celebrate everything LGBTQ.
There are several notable LGBTQ residents of Prague. These include fashion designer Laffita Osmany, photographer Robert Vano, choreographer Yemi A.D., and perhaps most notable is Martina Navrátilová, considered one of the best female tennis players of all time (she now resides in the U.S.)
This one-week festival of music, culture, and sport happens in August each year and ends with a march through the city from Wenceslas Square to Letnaá park. Tens of thousands of gay activists supporting the homosexual community gather for this popular event, which is one of the biggest cultural events in the Czech Republic.
Another notable event takes place at the end of May. The Prague Fringe Festival is a 9-day extravaganza of English-language theatre, comedy, cabaret, and more at venues across the Malá Strana district of Prague, an event that now attracts 6000 attendees each year.
This film festival takes place in Prague in November and features around a hundred Czech and foreign films centred around LGBTQ+ issues. In addition, the fest is also comprised of discussions, lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and parties.
Held in both Prague and Brno, Queer Ball is an annual ball for gays, lesbians and friends. You can expect live music, dance performances, a raffle competition and just generally a fun night out for everyone.
Prague Rainbow Spring is an international sports tournament for LGBTQ athletes, their friends, colleagues and supporters where more than 400 participants from many countries compete in volleyball, badminton, swimming and beach volleyball.
Tucked away in a basement, Klub 21 is a typical Czech gay pub and gets a good mix of both local and international visitors.
The ground flood or this split-level café serves up cocktails, coffees and snacks, while downstairs you’ll find more of a lounge atmosphere. The back wall of the ground floor serves as an information site for the local community.
This popular spot has been open since 1995 and serves up some good cocktails. They usually have drag shows and music and other events that attract locals.
This cozy bar is located in the heart of the Prague gay quarter of Vinohrady so it’s in easy walking distance of many other gay bars and nightclubs. Expect a friendly atmosphere and bartenders who can fill you in on local happenings.
This is the biggest gay drinking venue in Prague’s old town and offers live DJs, fun karaoke nights, drag shows, and happy hour specials.
Prague’s largest gay club is open Fridays and Saturdays and makes for a good spot to get into the weekend party spirit. They also have themed nights, drag shows, and other events.
This is the more low-key sister spot to Club Termax but is one of the most popular gay dance venues in Prague. The dancefloor is small though, so does get quite crowded on weekends.
Head here for all-day drinks and snacks and a dancefloor in the basement, which sees most of its action on weekends.
One of the most popular bar hangouts for Prague’s lesbian community, this spot is spread over two levels with a dancefloor and hosts regular karaoke nights as well as other themed events and parties.