The organizers of Budapest Pride welcome the news that the police did not attempt to prevent this year's Budapest Pride March. The march will take place on Saturday, July 6, as part of a week-long series of diverse cultural and social events from June 30 to July 7.
In 2011 and 2012 the Budapest Police refused to grant a permit for the march, claiming that the event would obstruct traffic. In both cases the Municipal Tribunal overturned the decision, affirming the right to freedom of assembly for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people and their supporters. We welcome the news that the police are no longer attempting to prevent the march. Around the world this week supporters of LGBTQ equality had reason to celebrate, with New Zealand and Uruguay passing legislation to recognize same-sex marriage.
Despite the good news from the police, the struggle for LGBTQ equality in Hungary continues. The last few years have seen the deterioration of LGBTQ rights in Hungary, with the acceptance of the 4th Amendment to the Constitution and the new Civil Code. The modifications to the constitution include a discriminatory definition of family, under which only male–female married couples and parent–child relationships are considered families. Under the new Civil Code, same-sex registered partnerships are merely contracts and do not fall under family law.
Budapest Pride aims to build and strengthen the LGBTQ community in Hungary, reach out to the heterosexual majority, decrease stereotypes and prejudices against LGBTQ people, and raise awareness of the importance of legal equality and equal opportunities.
The 2012 march was the largest march so far, drawing nearly 4,000 participants. Last year’s festival offered over 100 events, including discussions, workshops, author readings, concerts and a week-long film festival. We hope this trend will continue and hope to see even more participants, LGBTQ and supporters alike, at this year’s festival, which is the largest celebration of the LGBTQ community all year. Details about the events of the 2013 festival will be available on our website starting in June.
Rainbow Mission Foundation
April 19, 2013