The Czech Republic is regarded as taking a more liberal attitude towards LGBT rights than in other Central European countries. Same-sex sexual activity has been legal since 1962 and the age of consent was equalised in 1990, whilst recognition of same-sex relationships was granted in 2006, although gay couples still cannot marry. Although there are gay-friendly areas of many Czech cities, including Brno and Tábor, it is Prague where the greatest concentration of LGBT-friendly establishments can be found, thus making it a very popular tourist destination.

In Prague you will find that there are lots of gay bars and clubs, and so plenty of opportunity to meet members of the LGBT community. There are also cafés and restaurants which cater for gay men and lesbians, as well as gay saunas and bathhouses. There are also a number of notable events held in the city, including the Mezipatra Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, where you can see a wide range of films which focus on issues that relate to sexuality. There is also Prague Pride, which is a popular event that gives individuals an opportunity to take part in a parade and enjoy the other festivities on offer.

There are also gay-friendly establishments in other Czech cities and the nightlife in places such as Brno is vibrant and exciting. However, it is worth noting that there was some backlash after a gay pride event was held in the city in 2008, and so although the Czech Republic is relatively liberal, there are still pockets of intolerance and conservatism in the country. Tábor is another city where gay pride events have been held, but, ultimately, if you are interested in learning more about the gay scene in the Czech Republic, Prague is probably the ideal place to be. Although, clearly, there are other areas in the Czech Republic worth visiting for the culture and history, as well as the nightlife!

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