Hungary fines bookshop chain over picture book depicting LGBT families

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07/08/2021

A bookshop chain in Hungary has been fined for selling a children’s story depicting a day in the life of a child with same-sex parents, with officials condemning the picture book for featuring such families. The picture book, Micsoda család!, is a Hungarian translation combining two titles by US author Lawrence Schimel and illustrator Elīna Brasliņa: Early One Morning, which shows a young boy’s morning with his two mothers, and Bedtime, Not Playtime!, in which a young girl with two fathers is reluctant to go to sleep. Reuters reported that the 250,000 forints (£600) fine was imposed on the bookshop chain Líra Könyv by Pest county, the local authority for the area surrounding Budapest. Pest county commissioner Richard Tarnai told television station Hír TV that Líra Könyv had violated rules on unfair commercial practices by failing to clearly indicate that the book contained “content which deviates from the norm”. “The book was there among other fairytale books and thus committed a violation,” Tarnai said. “There is no way of knowing that this book is about a family that is different than a normal family.”

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