Iso Roobertinkatu

Today, there are no longer any signs of the oasis of gay culture that developed here between the 1980s and 2000s. Homosexuality was removed from the Finnish classification of mental illnesses in 1981. Three years later, the first restaurant catering specifically to gay, lesbian and transgender audiences was established on Iso Roobertinkatu street. New gay bars and night clubs emerged in the area during the big boost of gay culture in Helsinki in the early 2000s. The most famous of them were DTM (Don’t Tell Mama), the largest gay bar in Scandinavia; Lost & Found, a hetero-friendly night club; and Hugo’s Room. In 2015 the Helsingin Sanomat headline read: “Gay restaurants disappear from Iso Roobertinkatu.” As the general atmosphere became more tolerant, restaurants in the capital no longer needed to profile themselves according to sexual orientation.