Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from
International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance
ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.
The removal of the ‘Iron Curtain’ in Europe started the important democratization process in Central and East European countries. With democracy, people have been improving human rights especially for the LGBTI community. During the communist totalitarianism regime in Central and East Europe, people have been witnesses and victims of crimes against homosexual orientation and transgender identity. Secret police have used homosexual and transgender identities to blackmail those people. LGBTI groups were not allowed to build their communities. They were living in a secret underworld which known as the closet to avoid harm and discrimination from the public. This project will tell the stories of people who suffered during the communist era in countries like former Czechoslovakia, former NDR, Poland, Hungary, former Yugoslavia etc. In comparison to the life of LGBTI people 30 years ago, we would like to know how their lives and society have changed. How were the rights for LGBTI people during the dark history of communism? As a tribute to The Removal of Iron Curtain in 1989, we name our project Removal of Queer Curtain. We would like to build queer memory of those who helped to improve the lives of LGBTI people and to remember their effort.
Post Bellum, o.p.s.