In Hungary, it is prohibited to “promote” homosexuality and transsexuality among minors. The Hungarian Parliament passed a law for this purpose. Oppose the bill, yesterday And it was proved by thousands of people earlier today.
Books, movies and other media containing non-heterosexual content will be banned. In addition, advertisements that “normalize” homosexuality or transsexuality may no longer be displayed.
The ban is very similar to the situation in Russia, which has been implementing a law since 2013 that prohibits “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations”.
For the Hungarian lbhti community, the meaning of the law in practice is not completely clear. “We have no idea what propaganda against homosexuality is,” said Viktoria Radvanyi of Budapest Pride, an LGBT interest group. “We just don’t understand. This is ridiculous.”
But the media and schools may be affected. Radvanyi: “The government’s intention is to censor the media. TV stations will be afraid to broadcast anything with a homosexual taste.”
The school also has financial disputes. For example, if someone comes to talk about the topic of lbhti, this may result in a fine of 100,000 HUF (less than 300 euros). “My mother works in education,” Radvanyi said. “She must bring her own chalk and write on the blackboard because she has no money.” The school simply cannot afford the fine.
The young LGBTI’s situation in Hungary has been quite difficult. According to Budapest Pride, depression is extremely common in this group. 65% of people will consider ending their lives. According to the data, 10% of people have actually tried this. “This ban will only further isolate that group,” Radwani predicted.
In addition to prohibiting the “promotion” of homosexuality and transgender, organizations like Budapest Pride also accuse it of being part of the law against pedophilia. Radvanyi: “This is very painful for our community, as if we are a pedophile. They do it just to slander us.”
According to her, the fact that legislation is now passed is directly related to the parliamentary elections scheduled for early next year. Six opposition parties formed a coalition to prevent the Fidesz party led by populist prime minister Viktor Orbán from winning.
The coalition also includes Jobbik, which used to be a radical nationalist party and now describes itself as a moderate Christian Democrat. As expected, the party voted to ban “propaganda” of homosexuality. “For example, Orbán is not only trying to spread hatred, but also trying to split the alliance,” Radvanyi said.