The Hungarian Parliament passed a law in June banning distribution or content in schools that authorities say “promotes” homosexuality or gender transition. Students under the age of 18 may not view any content, including advertisements of this nature. The law was supported by the party of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
However, on Saturday around 30,000 people, including members of the Hungarian Parliament, marched through Budapest to celebrate the country’s LGBT community and challenge the new laws, which were condemned by the European Commission.
“Over the past two years we have had a government attack on the LGBTQI community, a lot of hate speech and also the passing of restrictive legislation when it comes to transgender rights, adoption and, more recently, a Russian-style propaganda law, ”Tamás Dombos, board member of Háttér Society, a Hungarian rights group, told Politico.
He added: “A lot of people have come to show their support and to show that not everyone thinks like our government. It’s really good that so many people showed up. “
Many countries, including the United States, have signed a joint declaration of support for the Hungarian LGBT community, shared by the Canadian government.
“On the occasion of the 26th Budapest Pride Festival, we, the undersigned embassies and cultural institutes, express our full support for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI +) community and for their rights. equality and non ‑ discrimination, freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, and absence of violence, ”the statement released on July 19 said.
Earlier this month, the European Commission took legal action against Hungary and Poland over recently adopted policies targeting the LGBT community. At the time, the Commission said it was launching infringement proceedings concerning actions in the two countries.
Countries have two months to respond to the legal decision.