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Since the 1990's, there have been huge advances in gay liberation in Portugal, though the bigger cities of Lisbon, Porto and the more cosmopolitan Algarve region are more accepting than the largely conservative countryside. The first LGBT campaign organization in Portugal was founded in 1992. 1997 then saw Portugal's first Pride Festival, its first Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and the opening of the first gay and lesbian community center. Lisbon (in June), Porto and Leiria hold Gay Pride marches but other than these events Portugal's gay community can keep a low profile. Although homosexual liaisons were decriminalized in 1945, gay life in otherwise deeply conservative Catholic Portugal was, for most of the twentieth century, not easy. Today, however, is another story entirely.

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