Balázs Birtalan, Hungarian author, Died at 46


Balázs Birtalan was born on October 12, 1969, in Budapest, and died on May 14, 2016.

He was a Hungarian author, poet, publicist and psychotherapist.

Balazs was best known for his participation in the gay Christian movement in Hungary.

Ferenc Birtalan, the poet was his father.

Balázs Birtalan first poems were published at the age of ten; he has been publishing regularly since the age of 14.

Balázs Birtalan received his education at the Eötvös József High School in Budapest and graduated in 1988.

He grew up as non-religious, he became a Christian on February 12, 1989, which was a life-changing experience for him; he was baptized as a Roman Catholic one week later.

From 1990 to 1992, he majored theology at the Esztergom College of Theology and joined a Christian community, from which he was cut out because of his homosexuality in 1993.

Which led to his launching of the gay Christian movement in Hungary with his friends.

Together they founded the communities Bíborpalást [“Scarlet Robe”] and Öt Kenyér [“Five Loaves of Bread”] later, in which he was a active part of for more than a decade.

During 1995 and 1996, he studied psychology at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest.

He also gained an intermediate level language exam in English and an advanced level one in Esperanto.

Between 1988 and 1998 he earned a living by selling books and CD’s; between 1996 and 1997 he taught English.

From 1998 Balázs Birtalan has been working in a notary public’s office, editing legal instruments.

During 2005–2006, Birtalan completed the 200-hour method-specific course of the Integrative Psychotherapy Association.

Balázs Birtalan has been publishing a blog since 2005.

Birtalan main topics include religion, compassionate communication, sustainable development, literature, psychology, sociology and philosophy.

Some selection of his essays, formerly published in his blog, was published in 2008 as a book.

As of early 2009 he stopped consider himself a Christian any more.

Balázs Birtalan online nicknames Feanor and Izmael refer to the two authors who significantly shaped his worldview, J. R. R. Tolkien and Daniel Quinn.

Balázs Birtalan passed away at 46 yrs old.