Despite the “homophobic law” accepted by the Hungarian Parliament, most Hungarians and those living in the country stand by diversity.
The so-called “homophobic law” accepted in Hungary on June 15 has been the talk of the town of the past month. But not only in Hungary itself. The news spread fast, and many countries and politicians reacted to it rather quickly.
The implementation of the law will probably cause further headaches to the Hungarian Parliament, as the European Union’s and its member states’ reaction is rather strong.
Hungary and the Hungarian people, however, are not equal to the Government. They are entitled to their own opinion and their point of view, and it seems like they do stick to it.
In June, Závech Research conducted a survey for RTL Magyarország about the same issue. They asked 1000 people personally over the age of 18 based on their age, sex, and educational background. The research showed a result that may surprise some.
Hvg.hu writes that according to data,
almost 56% of people asked is tolerant towards homosexuals.
It is not just civilians who do not agree with the Government’s decision. Despite the law, the number of those companies that support diversity, LGBTQ+ people, those with a reduced capacity to work, and the equality of men and women at work actually increased. There are now 10% more of these companies in Hungary.
Melinda Miklós, manager of public initiative Nyitottak Vagyunk – WeAreOpen, told 444.hu that during the past two years,
around 100 companies joined their community, thus augmenting the size of the advocates by 10%.
Moreover, all of them reached out voluntarily to the initiative to be accepted by the community.
The initiative stands behind those minorities whose rights are frequently violated. Originally it was created by Prezi, espell, and Google, but today they work as a significant non-profit organization taking part in important research with the help of volunteers.
Among their members, we can find many smaller and bigger businesses and even global companies that are present on several corners of the globe. They believe in the importance of diversity at the workplace and not to discriminate against anyone based on his sexual orientation, ethnicity, or political views.
Since the law was accepted, no one left the community, but they had new members.
International companies also find it important to make sure that their foreign employees arriving in Hungary will suffer no disadvantage.
Meanwhile, the first controversial moment on television related to the “homophobic law” happened last weekend. The locally famous TV show Barátok Közt (among friends) that ran through 23 years came to an end. The final episode contained a scene of a couple of seconds between two girlfriends kissing each other. The episode was aired in the afternoon a little after 5 pm and was only ranked as material not suitable for children under 12. According to the law that entered into effect on June 15, this scene should have had the little red circle with the number 18 in it, since it depicted a homosexual act. The law says that such images can not be shown to children under the age of 18. However, the Government and Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office Gergely Gulyás so far did not give an obvious description of what actually falls under this category, writes hvg.hu.