Budapest Pride march is a protest against anti-gay laws, say organisers

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07/23/2021

Saturday’s Pride march in Budapest will be “a celebration, but also a protest”, organisers have said, as Hungary’s LGBT community prepares to rally in defiance of an escalating anti-gay campaign by the country’s government. Johanna Majercsik, one of the organisers of Pride month in Budapest, which culminates with the march, said she expected to see many more in attendance than the roughly 20,000 marchers who attended the last Pride march in the city, two years ago. “There is huge outrage in society about what has been happening.” she said. A law came into force earlier this month that bans the portrayal of LGBT themes to children, with huge implications for education, art and entertainment in the country. Campaigners say that with a parliamentary election next spring that is likely to be closely fought, the far-right government of Viktor Orbán is looking to shore up its conservative base with an anti-LGBT campaign. Unlike in Poland, anti-LGBT rhetoric has not previously been a major part of the platform of Orbán’s ruling Fidesz party, with its campaigning over the past five years mostly focused on opposing migration.

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