A huge number of Hungarians have joined the annual Budapest Pride March to encourage LGBTQ citizens to protest a law limiting education in schools on homosexuality and transgender issues.
Hungary’s nationalist prime minister, Viktor Orbán, has been in the lead since 2010, pursuing social policies aimed at safeguarding traditional Christian values against western liberalism, encouraging tensions with the EU.
The last Pride march in Budapest, which attracted 20,000 people in 2019. Organizers say the march will be much larger this year.
The European Commission has brought lawsuits against the Orbán administration, which came into force this month, saying that they are discriminatory and overrule European tolerance and personal freedom values.
Demonstrators on Saturday’s march through the streets of central Budapest said that law divided the former Soviet-bloc nation and now EU member.
“Law is an insult. T hings like this shouldn’t happen, we live in the 21st century. It’s the EU and everyone should have the opportunity to live freely,” Istvan, 27, said with his boyfriend on the march. We are no longer in Communist times.
LGBTQ rights and other such social issues are the responsibility of national governments, according to Orbán’s fidesz-christian Democratic government that faces a hard election next year. It says that the legislation is designed to protect children, not target homosexuals.
In a statement, the organisers said the rally would reject “power-hungry politicians” and reject the LGBTQ intimidation.
“The Christian Democrat Fidesz government uses laws to make the LGBTQ community members dismissed in their own land, instead of protecting minorities,” they said.
A hard line on immigration owes Orbán to some of its electoral success. With the issue of sexuality and gender removed from the political agenda.
A 25-year-old economist who joined the rally, Boglarka Balazs, said legislation was a campaign tool. “This is only a diversion that is trying to divide the country. The elections are provocative,” she said.
An Ipsos polling organisation survey last month revealed that 46 percent of Hungarians have supported homosexual marriage.
This is the time we should stand with Budapest and the LGBTQ community in general.
Afterall, we’re all humans we all seek peace for ourselves and our loved ones. Gender does not matter but the only thing that matters is if you’re human and if humanity still exists in you.
The next time you see something unfair happening to any community, no matter what religion, caste, color they are of, be sure to help them.