[(de)tour into our histories]

Over time, the LGBTQIA+ community in Romania has been “displaced from history” and pushed into invisibility. We were forced to feel ashamed, to be afraid, to question what we feel, whom we love, and who we want to be. But a past filled with abuses has not managed to erase the strength we have when we love.

The community is demanding to know its own history, to understand how it got here, and to comprehend the traumas carried from generation to generation. That’s why we have created an online guided tour that speaks about the places in Timișoara where the community has struggled to exist.

Our history exists; let’s (re)read it.

Part of the City Celebration program.

Photo source: Museum of Queer History and Culture in Romania

[The untold stories of the community, short film, 2021]

The desire and need for community, for connection with people like us, has always existed, and as LGBTQIA+ individuals, we have sought and created places and spaces to meet where we could, just to feel that we are not alone, that we have someone to share our stories with.” (Andre Rădulescu)

The search for history began with the short documentary film we made, which presents the LGBTQIA+ places and venues in Timișoara from the past to the present.

[guided tour]

Neptun Public Baths

The men from the community used to gather down by the two pools, on the side, where there were some columns, like partitions for showers. After the place gained notoriety, the police began to raid these baths to add subjects to the database. However, the actions were difficult to prove.

Central Park

During this time, men used to meet behind the Cathedral and especially in Central Park, still known today as a cruising spot. Not far from the parks, on Republic Street, near the railway embankment, where the grandstand for the August 23 parades used to be, there was, during communism, a meeting place known as ‘La șină’.

[Complete the entire guided online tour]

In Timișoara, LGBTQIA+ individuals have always existed.

See here all the places in the city that have been and continue to be important for our community, where we have been able to exist despite the obstacles of time.

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