Zurich Pride and Switzerland’s Gay Culture

Published Date Author: , May 30th, 2014

Zurich - Apple MapsOver the last few decades, the tolerant, liberal-minded city of Zurich has become home to a lively LGBT scene. Within the realm of late-night bars and clubs – the largest and most vibrant assortment in Switzerland – countless party labels and establishments create a nightlife that is more colorful than a rainbow. Homosexuality is not just addressed out in the open on the street, but also in the form of special libraries and colorful events, first and foremost the Zurich Pride Festival.

Situated on the shore of Lake Zurich, near Buerkliplatz, the sculpture”Ganymede”, portraying a young man and an eagle, is a lasting monument to the homosexuality of the ancient world. According to Greek mythology, Zeus took on the form of an eagle and abducted the handsome youth, Ganymede, to the top of Mount Olympus, where he took him as his lover.

As early as the end of the 1920s, Swiss legislators debated the decriminalization of homosexual acts between adults; following the referendum in 1938, this became firmly anchored in the Swiss Civil Code with effect from 1942. Consequently, at the time of the Second World War, Switzerland had one of the most progressive laws in Europe as regards gay and lesbian rights.

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