In contrast to the Communist era, the Czech Republic has become relatively liberal since the Velvet Revolution in 1989, and it is one of the most LGBT-friendly countries of the European Union. This increasing tolerance is probably backed by the low number of religious people in the country, particularly when compared to the neighbouring countries of Poland, Austria, and Slovakia. Title Graphic: Casadei Graphics
By Brno Expat Centre
There is quite a large LGBT+ community in Prague; the communities are smaller in the rest of the country. Nevertheless, Brno is a city that has contributed to many developments in the Czech LGBT+ community.
The city has a moderately sized LGBT+ scene, particularly around the city centre, including bars, clubs, and saunas. The scene for men is more developed than the scene for women.
The Czech Republic does not permit same-sex marriage, although it is a subject still under debate. The country does allow registered partnerships.
The Registered Partnership Act requires one of the partners to be a Czech citizen or to have permanent residence status in the Czech Republic. A registered partnership enables inheritance, hospital visits, and alimony. It does not, however, allow joint property rights, joint tax return or joint adoption. Individual adoption is possible, though.
Have a look at Brno Expat Centre’s infosheet LGTBQ in Brno (https://www.brnoexpatcentre.eu/download/lgbtq-brno/) to find out more about Brno’s LGBT+ scene and community – where to meet, how to help and how to contribute.