First modification: 07/25/2021 – 05:03
Discontent grips the LGTBIQ + community in Hungary, where the country’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, enacted a law prohibiting minors from being educated about sexual diversity. The norm has been branded homophobic and transphobic by a part of the public and by other countries of the European Union.
The Hungarian streets received this Saturday, July 24, the Gay Pride march in Hungary. The commemoration, which seeks to make visible and support the causes of the LGTBIQ + community, also led to the protesters’ rejection of the law promoted by the country’s prime minister and that prohibits minors from speaking about sexual diversity.
The organizers classified the moment that the LGTBIQ + community is experiencing as “stressful” and “desperate” because of the stigmatization to which the opinion has led. The marches were organized under the slogan “Reconquer your future.”
While the president has justified the law saying that it “protects” the children of the country, the organizers say that “instead of protecting minorities, the Christian Democratic government of Fidesz is using laws to convert members of the community. LGBTQ on marginalized in their own country. “
So, as a show of “hope”, nearly 10,000 people according to local media estimates filled the streets of Budapest, the capital, with rainbow colors and messages of support for the community.
A few days ago, the prime minister announced a referendum on the law in which Hungarians must vote “yes” or “no” on aspects such as the existence of sex change therapies and the development of workshops on sexual orientation for minors. , among others. The consultation comes after the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the community bloc strongly opposed the law.
Tensions within the European Union
“All of Europe is watching what is happening in Hungary,” said Terry Reintke, co-chair of the European Parliament Intergroup on LGBT + Rights amid the marches.
The European Commission initiated legal actions against the Hungarian Government for the enactment of the law which they consider to be discriminatory and against the values defended by the European bloc.
Even with these actions, the Hungarian Government has not expressed its willingness to annul the law or give it a new twist.
Meanwhile, representatives of the LGTBIQ + community in Hungary denounce that they are facing increasing stigmatization and violence against people with different sexual orientations and gender identities in the country. Proof of this is the break-in to an apartment in Budapest, presumably because of having a rainbow flag hanging in the window.
Many also express their willingness to leave the country in the absence of a change in the attitude of the Government. This is shown by a community activist who says: “There are many members of the LGTB + community who are afraid and who already plan to leave the country; others condition it on the results of the 2022 elections.”
With Reuters and EFE