The vivid colors and music of the “Budapest Pride”, the LGTBIQ + pride march, have served this Saturday to counteract the serious situation of the Hungarian LGTB + community in the face of the discriminatory and homophobic policies of the ultra-nationalist Viktor Orbán government.
Thousands of Hungarians – more than 10,000, according to local media – of all ages have joined the parade that has crossed the center of the capital in solidarity with a community shaken by the new law that, adopted in June, links homosexuality with homosexuality. pederasty. Under the slogan “Reconquer your future” and surrounded by a large police deployment, the march thus became a protest against the Government, at a time when, according to the organizers, members of the LGTB + community are living “desperate” times.RELATED
But it has also been a show of solidarity support and a party to “bring hope to all those who are afraid to participate in the march, so that they can see that thousands demonstrate for a country full of love and solidarity,” according to the organizers . In addition to opposition politicians, actors, musicians, athletes and other well-known personalities of Hungarian society, on this occasion, the municipal leaders of Budapest also participated for the first time.
In the central Madách Square, the starting point of the march, Sisi (1837-1898), the Empress of Austria and Queen Consort of Hungary, held in her stone hands an umbrella with the colors of the rainbow, which someone had placed in the statue
On this day “all of Europe watches what happens in Hungary”, said Terry Reintke, co-chair of the European Parliament Intergroup on LGBT + Rights, before the crowd full of balloons, fans and rainbow flags that had gathered at the square. “We are here against hatred and the drift of the rule of law, and the authoritarian wave,” said the MEP.
He thus alluded to the controversial homophobic law adopted in the Hungarian Parliament in June that prohibits talking about homosexuality or sex change before minors, both in schools and in the media. The regulations had been initially designed to toughen penalties against pedophilia, but at the last minute the ruling Fidesz party of the prime minister (Orbán) added that ban, thus linking homosexuality with pedophilia.
“We believe that the government’s propaganda and the laws they have approved serve very well to divide society,” Johanna Majercsik, the Budapest Pride spokeswoman, explained to Efe during the march.
Majercsik recalled the increase in attacks against members of his community that has been registered since the aforementioned law was passed, an “incitement to hatred” that generated a strong wave of protests and indignation inside and outside the country. “Those who are against the rights of LGTB + are now more aggressive.”
Recently, three people tried to break into a Budapest apartment by force, kicking the door, just because it had a rainbow flag placed on the balcony. “We think that the incitement will not end before the elections and will be part of the electoral campaign,” said the activist, alluding to the elections to be held in April 2022. “There are many members of the LGTB + community who are afraid and who already plan to leave the country; others condition it to the results of the 2022 elections. “
The ultranationalist government of Orban has so far not given the slightest signal to back down and annul the controversial law, as requested by the European Commission and the NGOs that defend the rights of members of the LGTB + community have already advanced that they do not plan to abide by homophobic measures. Amnesty International President Dávid Víg promised that his organization “will not change a letter” of its educational programs or campaigns.
The aforementioned law has been the last straw, as the list of policies and attitudes against the LGTB + community by members of the Hungarian Government is long. Since Orbán took office in 2010, various provisions have limited his rights. Already in the Constitution adopted in 2011 it is determined that marriage can only be the union of a man and a woman. Last year, in the midst of a pandemic, in May 2020, a law was passed that prohibits transsexuals from changing their names.
Despite everything, polls show that Hungarians are increasingly tolerant towards the LGTB + community: in the last 8 years, the percentage of citizens in favor of same-sex couples being able to adopt children increased from 42% to 59% .