A transphobic bill has been passed this May, making gender legally unalterable in Hungary. Ironically, this transphobic amendment is what made this transgender couple’s marriage possible.
Reuters reports about a transgender couple, who were able to get married in Hungary, the “land of growing homophobia.”
Tamara Csillag and Elvira Angyal are both transgender women. In Hungary, citizens cannot change the sex/gender listed on their birth certificates since May 2020. Same sex marriage is also not legal yet. However, “thanks to” the government’s recent amendment,
Tamara Csillag was unable to change her gender legally. Therefore, all of her documents still state “male”. At the same time, Elvira was able to legally change her gender when it was still possible in Hungary. Since one of them have male and the female in their official documents, the couple could get married legally in Polgárdi, Hungary.
This was an exceptional occasion in the lives of two people in love. Elvira Angyal said after the ceremony while holding her new wife’s hands.
“Our dream has come true. We are so happy to have received an official seal on our relationship.”
Both women have children from their previous relationships before they came out. They have seven children altogether, but only one attended their wedding, Elvira Angyal’s son Patrik. Patrik believes that seeing his parent happy is one of the biggest joys in life.
Hungary’s government created an “increasingly hostile environment” for the LGBTQ+ community in Hungary, and with this latest bill, they basically “outlawed any legal recognition of transgender identity.” Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his political allies have systematically targeted the gay community since 2018.
The wedding was held only one day after Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén’s latest homophobic statements:
“They should not be called family, because that is a sacred notion. They should not adopt children, because children’s right to healthy development is stronger than homosexual couples’ need for a child.”
Homophobia and transphobia have no place in public life, and I am still shocked that there are no equal rights for all in the 21st century.