Although the parade had been canceled, tensions around this year’s Pride Week haven’t dissipated. At the latest event, far-right Mi Hazánk party announced they would initiate a referendum in order to ban the “gender propaganda” in schools. Meanwhile, an opposition mayor asked for empathy before using ‘that’ ladder, and the Budapest Mayor sided once again with the LGBTQ community.
At the leadership election congress of the party, Mi Hazánk’s re-elected leader, László Toroczkai said that they should continue to take firm action against the “violent, deviant” homosexual propaganda backed by “international background forces.” In his view, this propaganda has by now reached Hungary with the placement of the symbol of this “satanic grouping” in public institutions. Moreover, instead of taking action, Fidesz rather chose to be a “pseudo-national party,” Toroczkai claimed, which resulted in the “harassment, evoking the 50s” of Mi Hazánk vice-president Előd Novák, who removed the rainbow flags from certain public buildings.
Consequently, the party initiates a referendum to “ban homosexual propaganda in educational institutions,” as well as “the display of the symbol of this violent grouping in public institutions.”
State secretary Soltész: the rainbow flag should be taken back to the West
Meanwhile, a government official also stepped up against the symbol of the LGBTQ movement, saying that the rainbow flag should be “taken back to the West.” At the opening ceremony of Pölöske’s (Zala County) renovated church, the Secretary of State for Churches, Minorities and Civil Affairs argued:
“…we don’t need this rainbow flag, take that back to the West, we need the values that God has written into the souls of men for more than 2,000 years.”
Miklós Soltész (KDNP – Christian Democrats) also claimed that values are being destroyed today and “those who want to tell us now what the truth is, don’t have a clue what kind of struggle there was in this region, in this country, to preserve values and Christianity.”
V. Naszályi: Before climbing up, please think it over
Meanwhile, the 1st district’s (Castle) opposition mayor Márta V. Naszályi (of green-liberal Párbeszéd) also chose to display the rainbow flag. She said that “if you want to take down the flag, you can ask for a ladder at the reception, but:
…before you climb up, think over whether you’ve ever been humiliated or excluded in your life at school, work, or anywhere! Did you feel alone, ashamed or stigmatized? Do you want to feel this again or do you want any such experience for your own child? Do you want a country where you have to be afraid and hide?
“Because even though you feel today that you belong to the ‘good majority,’ in a society where stigmatization and exclusion are accepted, they will always find in what is different,” she said. “Homosexuality cannot be advertised, nor can heterosexuality be, as no one chooses this, we are born with our sexual orientation. Pride is a message to come, be proud and happy the way you are. It is a procession, because it puts an end to hiding and exclusion,” the opposition politician argued.
Karácsony once again declares support for the LGBTQ community
Meanwhile, the Budapest mayor once again sided with the LGBTQ community. At the press conference held in the framework of Pride Week, Gergely Karácsony said that the people who kicked-off the organization of Pride 25 years ago, did so primarily for their own community. In this aspect, this was a political, public act that is to be appreciated and supported. But over the last 25 years, a lot has been done to make Budapest a more tolerant city, as a more tolerant city is a lot better for all of us,” he insisted.
He also argued that it would be good if love would be transferred from the political vocabulary into everyday life, insisting that the program dubbed as “Budapest for Everyone” does contain real action and promises, adding that
“communities who similarly feel the need for more acceptance can similarly count on me because a city will be home for all of us if everyone receives the inclusion we all need.”
featured image via Gergely Karácsony- Facebook