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Secret Years

Hungarian Lesbian Herstory, 1950s–2000s

Anna Borgos

The article explores the personal narratives of middle-aged and elderly Hungarian lesbian women based on oral history interviews. The stories open a window into the Kádár era from a special perspective, allowing us to get a glimpse into the women's self-recognition and coming out process; their different (sexual, professional or maternal) identities, relationships, informal social scenes, and communities; their thinking about gender roles, as well as the available representations of lesbians over the decades. The women also discuss the freedom and greater visibility—as complex as it was—that came after the democratic transition. The article contributes more detailed knowledge about the situation of LGBT people in the region during the state socialist period and around the 1989 regime change.

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Monika Rudaś-Grodzka, Katarzyna Nadana-Sokołowska, Anna Borgos and Dorottya Rédai

Archiwum Kobiet: Pisza˛ce / Archives of Women: Writing A Project at the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences - Monika Rudaś-Grodzka and Katarzyna Nadana-Sokołowska

Labrisz Lesbian Association and the Lesbian Herstory Archives Hungary - Anna Borgos and Dorottya Rédai