Hungarian law prohibits all educational materials and programs for children which are considered to promote homosexuality, gender reassignment and the concept of sexuality deviating from that attributed to a person at birth. It has been strongly criticized by other members of the European Union.
Zeman said interference in the internal affairs of any EU member country is a serious political mistake, and he defended Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. “I don’t see a reason not to agree with him,” Zeman said.
He later added: “I can understand gays, lesbians, etc. But do you know who I don’t understand at all? These transgender people. “
Zeman described transgender people as “inherently disgusting to me”.
Zeman’s comments came as several cities around the world celebrated the Pride with parades and marches aimed at raising visibility for the LGBTQ community and marking the Stonewall Riots of 1969.
The Prague Pride Festival is scheduled for the first week of August.
According to ILGA-Europe, a rights group, local human rights activists fear the Czech Republic is following the path of increasingly illiberal neighbors Hungary and Poland. Passage of a marriage equality law is repeatedly blocked in the country, and according to a December 2020 report by the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance, Czech citizens must undergo gender reassignment and sterilization as an official transition condition.