After Bundesliga star club RB Leipzig’s Hungarian goalkeeper Péter Gulácsi, two-time Champions League winner female footballer Zsanett Jakabfi also stood by the ‘Family is family’ campaign launched by the Hungarian rainbow family community.
The “Family is family” campaign was launched in November after some anti-LGBTQ events and the ruling parties’ Constitutional amendment. The latter states that “the mother is a woman, the father is a man,” and has eventually made same-sex adoption more difficult, if not impossible. At the moment, the campaign has some 140 joiner brands, adding to eight embassies, among them the US and British.
It was Gulácsi who first had a say publicly. In a Facebook post, one of the biggest stars of Hungarian football wrote that “Family is family – this can’t even be a question!” He said he has lived abroad a lot, met a lot of different people, and learned that “the fact that not everyone is the same will only make the world more colorful and that the most important thing is love, acceptance, and tolerance for others.
“Everyone has the right to equality. Just as every child has the right to grow up in a happy family, that family should be made up of any number of people, of any gender, of any color, of any religion.”
Image by Péter Gulácsi’s Facebook page
Gulácsi, who wrote history last year by being the first Hungarian (besides nationalized defender of the same team Willi Orbán) to reach the Champions League semifinal, generated waves on the Hungarian internet, with some pointing out that his supportive stance is particularly important and symbolic amid the government’s position surrounding football. Others, however, including lots of fans, grew very critical with him, with comments ranging from pathetic and sad, to intimidating ones. Even MTK leader, Fidesz founder and MEP Tamás Deutsch took to the keyboard and referring to Gulácsi’s similar wording, he wrote: “Family is family – this can’t even be a question! So, what is not a family is not a family. That’s it.”
Most recently, Bundesliga- and Champions League winner female footballer Zsanett Jakabfi (arguably the best one with Hungarian nationality) of German Wolfsburg joined the Leipzig goalkeeper. “For me, family is a community of people who love, support, and care for each other and play a decisive role in each other’s lives. Regardless of gender and affiliation!” she wrote in her Instagram account.
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featured image: Péter Gulácsi; via MTI/EPA/Filip Singer