Victoria. Age: 23.
Zuzana Caputova, an anti-graft campaigner and political novice, is leading opinion polls by a wide margin as Slovaks head to the ballot box for the presidential election run-off, after she won the first round. During the campaign the divorced mother of two has voiced personal support for civil partnerships and adoption by gay couples - a first in a country whose politicians have long pandered to traditional family values. It does not allow gay marriages or civil unions, or adoptions by same-sex couples. Gay rights were not a key campaign pledge for Caputova, a year-old pro-European liberal who is running on a mainly anti-corruption ticket.
Heather. Age: 20.
Neo-Nazis attack Slovakia’s first gay pride event, cancelling its parade
Although some cafes are considered gay inclusive, there are three bars dedicated to the gay and lesbian crowd in Bratislavaall of them in the city center. I know about another one, though I am not sure if you should visit Ive never been there and I am not sure if it is really worth a try.
Aiyana. Age: 30.
No more hate: LGBT+ Slovaks hope election will be turning point for gay community
Zuzka recalled the moment she came out as a lesbian to her father. I saw so many good things there. Zuzka is not her real name. Despite some signs of change, Slovakia trails its European Union peers in terms of gay rights, and generally conservative Slovak society is still suspicious of the LGBT community.
Both male and female same-sex sexual activity are legal in Slovakiabut households headed by same-sex couples are not eligible for the same legal protections available to opposite-sex couples. While Slovakia grants same-sex couples limited legal rights, namely in the area of inheritance, the country does not recognise same-sex marriage or civil unions. Slovakia, unlike its neighbour, the Czech Republicholds more conservative views on issues dealing with LGBT rights. Nevertheless, Slovakia possesses comprehensive anti-discrimination laws covering sexual orientation and gender identity, among others, in areas such as employment, goods and services, education, health services, hate crimes and hate speech.