Judit Takács


This article discusses several limiting factors that affect queer reproduction desires and practices in present-day Hungary, including distorting media representations, legislative frameworks, and social inequalities. It draws on relevant legal developments and results from previous research studies. The article focuses on how Hungarian LGBTQI people can resist the social norms and policies of heteronormatively prescribed childlessness resulting from normative expectations that non-heteronormative reproduction must be limited as much as possible, and highlights that better-off couples and individuals have more chance to realize their fertility plans through adoption, surrogacy or accessing ART than those in a more disadvantageous situation. In this context queer reproduction can also be seen as potentially contributing to the re-stabilization of reproduction as a feature of privilege.

Author Biography

Judit Takács is a Research Chair at the Centre for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary. Her recent publications include Trans* Citizenship in Post-socialist Societies (with R. Kuhar and S. Monroe), Emergence of the Hungarian Homosexual Movement in Late Refrigerator Socialism (with A. Kurimay) and Social Attitudes toward Adoption by Same-Sex Couples in Europe (with I. Szalma and T. Bartus). Currently she works as a Seconded National Expert at the ECDC in Stockholm.