Monday, July 17, 2023

Budapest Pride is still very much alive!

Thousands of LGBTQ people and allies attended the Budapest Pride 2023 event. All of them proved that the spirit of Pride is still alive in Hungary as they turned out to march at Budapest’s 28th annual Pride event.

The participants came together to celebrate Budapest Pride against the backdrop of an increasingly hostile legislative environment for LGBTQ citizens in Hungary.

Before the march began at City Park, Pride organiser Jojo Majercsik publicly condemned Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán for legislation he passed in 2021 which bans depictions of homosexuality for under-18s.

Majercsik said: “You can now see how the propaganda law passed two years ago is being applied in practice and how the public discourse has become more angry. It is now apparent how they are trying to limit the rights of LGBTQ people in the media world, in the world of movies and books.”

More than 60 different embassies and cultural institutes from across the globe rejected the acts of violence, hate speech, harassment, stigmatisation, and discrimination committed against Hungarian individuals based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

“We stress the inviolability of human dignity, the right to freedom of expression and information, the right to private family life, and the right to non-discrimination for all,” the joint statement read

EU member states have also sprung into action with ongoing legal proceedings that could threaten Hungary’s status in the union. Countries including France, Belgium, Spain and Germany have joined legal action, arguing that the LGBTQ censorship bill, known as the ‘Child Protection Act’, infringed upon several EU human rights laws as well as its values.

We stand with Hungary!!!

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