Dariusz Kalan / OZY
For years, Budapest has enjoyed the reputation as one of Central Europe’s most cosmopolitan and bohemian cities, with a vibrant drag scene. It’s been an oasis for LGBTQ tolerance. But the pandemic has brought tourism to a grinding halt, eliminating a key reason why the country’s conservative government allowed Budapest to be a liberal outpost. Now, a slew of anti-LGBTQ laws and policies, combined with the economic hit of the pandemic, are threatening to kill the city’s drag scene.