A legislative proposal by the government of ultra-nationalist Viktor Orbán that is being debated next week aims to ban talk about homosexuality in schools in Hungary, a measure similar to that adopted by Russia in 2013, according to the LGTB + community. “Fidesz (Orbán’s ruling party). By banning programs with LGTB + themes in schools and social awareness programs, it would severely limit freedom of expression and children’s rights with legislation similar to the Russian propaganda law.” , say several NGOs in the country in a statement.
A bill presented to Parliament by deputies of the government Fidesz against pedophilia prohibits exposing minors under 18 to pornography and to any content that encourages gender change and homosexuality. The bill “is unprecedented in the European Union (EU)” and endangers the mental health of LGBT + youth, five NGOs such as the Háttér Association, for the defense of homosexual rights, Amnesty International or Budapest Pride.
These organizations remember that Russia passed a law against “gay propaganda” in 2013, very similar to the one proposed by Orbán, and since its entry into force homophobia has grown considerably in that country.
Viktor Orbán, against the LGTB + community
Since he came to power in 2010, The Orbán Government has adopted a series of laws that limit the rights of LGTB + communities and several politicians have publicly launched homophobic messages. Some analysts believe that Orban in recent months raised the rhetoric against the LGBT + community to satisfy his more conservative base in the face of the disputed legislative elections of 2022.
In the 2011 constitution, approved alone by Orbán’s party, the marriage was determined to be the union of a man and a woman and adoption by same-sex couples was recently prohibited. The president of Parliament and one of the founders of Fidesz, László Kövér has compared homosexuals who want to adopt with pedophiles.
“From a moral point of view there is no difference between the behavior of a pedophile and those who ask for this (marriage and the possibility of adoption by homosexual couples), “said Kövér.
Against “homosexual propaganda”
“Hungary is a tolerant and patient country with homosexuality, as long as they leave our children alone, “Orbán said in his day.
Last year, a children’s book entitled “Wonderland is for everyone,” which sought to show respect for minorities, was described by the government as “homosexual propaganda” that should be banned in schools. During the pandemic, in May 2020, the Government prohibited the name change of transsexuals.