It is estimated that over 10 thousand people participated in the Gay Pride march in Budapest yesterday, Saturday 24 July 2021. The appointment this year also represented an occasion for protest against the law – strongly supported by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and approved by Parliament on June 15 – which prohibits the sharing of any content that promotes homosexuality or sex change to minors.
Hungary’s anti-LGBT law is also severely contested by the European Commission: President Ursula von der Leyen called it “shameful” and started a proceeding against Budapest for discrimination against the homosexual and transsexual community, urging the Hungarian Parliament to cancel the norm within two months.
In response, Orban has decided to challenge the EU by announcing the calling of a referendum on the anti-LGBT law to be submitted to Hungarian citizens.
“So many of us are afraid and think they no longer have a future in this country,” said Budapest Pride spokesperson Jojo Majercsik. But yesterday’s mobilization, according to the activist, is “a sign that the community will not be intimidated”.
Some Italian politicians also participated in the pro-LGBT demonstration in Hungary, including the deputy of the Democratic Party Alessandro Zan, the first signatory of the disputed bill against homotransphobia.