Back in February, Budapest Pride announced that the LGBTQ festival would be held this summer as well on July 24th, following the restrictions, of course. However, according to the Mi hazánk Movement, the main large venues in Budapest have already been reserved before the parade could have the chance.
At Monday’s press conference in front of the police headquarters on Teve Street, Előd Novák spoke about the fact that the organisers of Pride had started to announce the parade on July 24 in an “illegal way” before the police announcement was made. Mi Hazánk also disputes whether the announcement of Pride could have taken place at all at the time of the curfew.
The politician also pointed out that Mi Hazánk is the only party demanding a ban on Pride. According to the party, the event, which is repeated year after year, also involves a number of defiantly anti-community behaviours and humiliations that are likely to cause outrage in others. Hence, the parade “is the definition of harassment”.
The organisers said that LGBTQ equality would not be achieved by a single campaign or organisation but by plenty of dedicated groups with years of creative and persistent work.
We asked the police and our legal advisers for an opinion on whether we could create the Facebook event of the Budapest Pride Parade before the official police announcement. According to them, the publication of the Facebook event does not violate the provisions of the Assembly Act, as it only informs those interested of the planned date of the meeting.– Budapest Pride informed Index.
They also wrote:
We really feel sorry for Előd Novák and all the political actors who, even after decades of public participation, only have enough time to grind a storybook, lie against the Budapest Pride Parade, or steal rainbow flags.
According to Budapest Pride, if Előd Novák would like to reach out for help to make his party LGBTQ-friendly, they would be delighted to help – as they offered to help Fidesz in connection with the Szájer affair. “We are also happy to give a rainbow flag as a gift,” the organisation added.
Our real strength lies in the communities, which is why Pride became a community festival in 2017, where anyone can apply with its programAdded Jojó Majercsik, spokesman for Budapest Pride.
Although last year they shortened the Festival from a planned month to 10 days, this year they do not see any reason to make the Festival shorter.
According to Budapest Pride, the festival has grown into the largest civil festival in the country with more than a hundred programs – organised jointly by nearly fifty non-governmental organisations, informal groups and individuals. The organisers want to keep this social cohesion and definitely want to have the event this year.
The official motto of this year is “Take your future back!” with which they want to reflect on the anxiety and apathy present in society.