This May 17th Budapest Pride joins Amnesty International Hungary in its street campaign on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Everyone is invited to join in front of the Office of the Parliament between 14:00 and 16:00, and to attend the discussion held by Transvanilla Transgender Association at 18:00. Join us and say NO to homophobia and transphobia!
Today we celebrate the Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Numerous events are being held in Budapest today by activists and NGOs in order to raise awareness about discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people, as well as homophobic and transphobic attacks. Early this morning, the city was covered in rainbow flags, and in the afternoon Amnesty International is holding a sidewalk chalk event, and Transvanilla Transgender Association is hosting a discussion.
Often based on prejudice and ignorance, homophobia and transphobia can take many forms and affect LGBTQ people’s lives in a variety of ways. Every day, members of the LGBTQ community have to face pejorative remarks, verbal attacks at school or the workplace, and even face physical abuse because mainstream society does not accept their sexual orientation or gender identity.
According to the report published today by the European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency, 47 percent of lesbians, gays, and bisexuals faced discrimination in the last year, and 26 percent were threatened or attacked. For transgender people, this number was 35 percent. The questionnaire was filled out by 93,000 LGBT people in the EU and impending member Croatia.
A message from the United Nations this week calls attention to the fact it is the duty of every UN member state to ensure the safety of LGBTQ people. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon assured LGBTQ people that they have his support and emphasized the importance of protecting human rights.
The political situation of LGBTQ people in Hungary has grown significantly worse in the last year, which has seen the systematic destruction of democracy, constitutionality, and the rule of law. In particular, the approval of the fourth amendment to the constitution and new Civil Code have had severe consequences for the rights of LGBTQ people in Hungary. We believe that a state that treats certain people as second-class citizens infringes not only on their rights but also jeopardizes the freedom of the whole society.
The goal of the annual Budapest Pride Festival is to build and strengthen the LGBTQ community in Hungary, reach out to mainstream society, decrease stereotypes and prejudices against LGBTQ people, and raise awareness of the importance of legal equality and equal opportunities. This year’s summer festival will be held from June 30 through July 7, with the Budapest Pride March on Saturday, July 6.
May 17, 2013