A short history of Gay Portugal – Middle Ages to Estado Novo

Life under the Inquisition There are many surviving documents about gay life under the Inquisition, most of it stored in the National Archives of Torre do Tombo.  Although the Inquisition tried hard to quell gay life and culture, there are references to transvestite shows to be found in the archives of the time, and references to men impersonating women as sex workers. Living under the constant threat of being discovered, gays also started to adopt a specific language (much like the much later Polari found in the UK). Using terms not usually associated with sexual activity, such “hunting” to describe […]

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Resources for Portuguese Learners

I’m trying to have a bit of “Portuguese” immersion in the run up to going to Lisbon – at least as far as I can in between speaking to friends (usually in English) and living in London. Here are a couple of useful sites and links if you are trying to immerse yourself in “Portuguese Portuguese”.

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A short history of Gay Portugal – From Rome to the Inquisition

The Romans Much of the early history of homosexuality in Portugal is, of course, intertwined with it being part of the Roman Empire covering parts of the Roman Provinces of Lusitania, Gallaecia and Hispania. Thus, much of the early history of “gay” sexuality is likely to have been similar to that in other Roman provinces. Thus, a distinction was made between Roman citizens – and others. While Roman (male) citizens had the right to practice penetrative sex with other people as the active part, such as with both make and female slaves or prostitutes, Roman morality frowned upon Roman citizens […]

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Learning Portuguese…in London and Lisbon

One of the things that I love about moving to Portugal is that it gives me the opportunity to learn another language. Maybe I’m a bit of a language nerd, but having lived abroad most of my adult life, I think knowing at least some basics is absolutely necessary to integrate into society – at least if you are planning to speak to people. Since I decided to move, I have, therefore, been starting to get to grips with Portuguese. On a personal level, it has been easy in parts (I speak Spanish reasonably well) – but on other levels […]

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How to find information about Gay Lisbon – online

If you haven’t heard much about gay life in Portugal it may be because it is actually quite tricky to find a lot of information online. Sadly, there isn’t an easily accessible array of magazines such as Boyz or QX in London, or Siegessäule in Berlin (with a well maintained English section). And even local websites are often hopelessly out of date (the local TimeOut website used to have events from three years ago… and now just redirects to their facebook page). So… it is a little more tricky to find out what is going on. Sadly, a lot of […]

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Lisbon by Half

What is better than one half? Three halfs! Or at least that is how many half marathons I could find for the next year taking place in Lisbon… All seem to have quite a different flavour – and routes, so it shouldn’t be boring going for all three…. Here is a quick overview: Lisbon by half (marathons) A photo posted by Urbangay (@urbangayblog) on May 20, 2016 at 8:36am PDT

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Lisbon Gay Agenda

More as a convenient list for me really… here are some of the LGBTI+ events taking place (as far as I can find them) in and around Lisbon in 2016: 25 – 30 May 2016 Lisbon Bear Pride 18 June: Pride March Lisbon – the actual march 25 June: Arraial Lisboa Pride – Pride festival on the Terreiro do Paço 7 – 10 July: Hot Season Festival – Trumps Club 14 – 16 July: Pitch Beach – Rugby, Volleyball, Swimming… 28-31 July: Summer Action August ?? 16 – 24 September: Queer Lisboa – Film festival 1 October: Lesboa Party – […]

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