LGBT march condemns controversial Budapest law

World | ASSOCIATED PRESS 26 Jul 2021

Rising anger over the policies of Hungary's right-wing government filled the streets of the country's capital as thousands of LGBT supporters marched in the annual Budapest Pride parade.

March organizers expected record crowds at the event, and called on people to show their opposition to recent steps by populist Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government that critics say stigmatize sexual minorities.

Budapest Pride spokesperson Jojo Majercsik said this year's march is not just a celebration and remembrance of the historical struggles of the LGBT movement but a protest against Orban's policies targeting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

"A lot of LGBTQ people are afraid and don't feel like they have a place or a future in this country anymore,'' said Majercsik.

The march came after a controversial law passed by Hungary's parliament in June banned the display of content to minors that depicts homosexuality or gender change. The measures were attached to a bill allowing tougher penalties for pedophiles.

Hungary's government says its policies seek to protect children. But critics of the legislation compare it to Russia's gay propaganda law of 2013, and say it conflates homosexuality with pedophilia as part of a campaign ploy to mobilize conservative voters ahead of elections next spring.

The legislation was met with fierce opposition by many politicians in the European Union.



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