Almost 80,000 have signed the petition, and more than 18,000 have signalled acceptance instead of the Propaganda Act! Budapest Pride writes in a press release, the spokesperson of which stated, “apart from the Budapest Pride Parade, the LGBTQ legal demonstration has never received such social support”.
Budapest Pride’s petition can be read here.
A number of NGOs have organised a demonstration in front of the Parliament to protest proposals for amendments to the law submitted by Fidesz politicians organisations and the sexual education they provide.
In addition to human rights defenders, the LGBTQ Section of the Hungarian Psychological Society, the Hungarian Advertising Association and the National Association of Hungarian Journalists protested against the bill.
The Reklámügynökség (Advertising Association) condemns the regulation of gender reassignment and the display of homosexuality and is concerned that the proposed bill would confuse paedophilia with sexual- and gender identity. MÚOSZ reacts similarly, writing,
“the right to basic information is violated if at certain times of the day the media is forced by law to silence real phenomena, processes, mental and biological differences. The Hungarian legislature now wants to achieve this. In addition, it confuses two unrelated things, paedophilia, which can be linked to more than one crime, and homosexuality and gender reassignment, which can in no way be considered a crime. ”
The demonstration kicked off at 6 pm in front of the Parliament on Monday night, in which organisers called on members of Parliament not to vote for an “amendment to the law that would enshrine children’s rights and freedom of expression.”
Many people came to the demonstration with signs, including inscriptions, like:
“Your son might be here as well”
“Reality cannot be banned”
“Love belongs to everyone”
“Can I still look at my son?”
At the end of the speeches, the organizers asked the demonstrators to go home in peace, but reach out to LGBTQ acquaintances and show their solidarity to them.
“This support is not enough to just communicate to them. It must be expressed publicly. If the topic is raised at any time, no one should be afraid to say why this evil bill is unacceptable,”they said, and then the crowd began to chant “we will not allow it”.
The organisers stated that all means will be used in Hungary to fight this law if it will be enforced. The Parliament will vote on the bill on Tuesday.