Hungary Passes Anti-Gay Law Despite Massive Protests

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A controversial law has been passed in Hungary that prohibits references to LGB and transgender people in areas where minors may be present.

 

The law has attracted a lot of criticism. Yesterday, thousands of Hungarians took to the streets of Budapest to protest against the passing of the law.

The controversial law passed in Hungary today is a proposal from Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his conservative Fidesz party. The law stipulates that in spaces where minors can be present, almost everywhere, no “promotion” may be made for LGB and transgender people. 157 delegates passed the amendment and broadcast live on television.

In practice, as a result, films in which the theme is discussed will no longer be shown on television. Advertising campaigns depicting male couples would also no longer be possible. In the explanatory memorandum to the law, homosexuality, transsexuality, sexual crimes and paedophilia are lumped together.

The law makes the discussion about equal rights for LGBs and transgender people virtually impossible. About 5,000 people took to the streets yesterday in protest against the passing of the law. The LGBTQ activists (LGBT stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer- ed.) protested in front of the parliament in the capital of Budapest. They chanted that the law is “anti-child, anti-family and anti-humanity.”

According to Fidesz, the law is a measure to protect children against paedophilia. But according to Lydia Gall, a researcher at Human Rights Watch, equating gender diversity with paedophilia damages the dignity of the LGBT community. “In addition, it puts them at risk.” She calls the law away “to crush the rights of the LGBTQ community and make them invisible in Hungarian society”.

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