We will not stand by! - Statement by the organizers of Budapest Pride about the proposals submitted by Jobbik

On April 10, 2012, Jobbik representative Ádám Mirkóczki submitted a law proposal and two proposed amendments to the Basic Law of Hungary that would, if accepted, amend the media law, the criminal code, advertising laws, and the Basic Law to make the very existence of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people in Hungary criminal and unlivable. Ádám Mirkóczki is a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights, Minority, Civic, and Religious Affairs.

Mirkóczki’s amendment of advertising laws would ban any ad that “portrays sexual disorders, especially sexual relationships between members of the same sex, as socially acceptable models to follow.” His recommendations would amend the Basic Law of Hungary to guarantee the right of peaceful assembly to everyone except lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people; this would include banning the Budapest Pride march. Furthermore, it would impose fines on LGBTQ people for holding hands or kissing in public.

As the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and straight organizers of the Budapest Pride Film and Cultural Festival,

  • We are OUTRAGED by Jobbik’s fascistic viewpoint, which Ádám Mirkóczki represents;
  • We REFUSE to allow these attempts to restrict our fundamental freedoms and make our everyday lives and basic self-expression impossible;
  • We CALL ON the Hungarian government, the Hungarian prime minister, the parties in Parliament, the minister of Parliament, and the president of the republic to reject the viewpoint represented in the proposed amendment, and to make it clear that there is absolutely no room for such an amendment in Hungary in 2012;
  • We DEMAND that the soon-to-be-created committee on ethics that would punish representatives for expressions of racism, antisemitism, xenophobia, and Islamophobia stand up against homophobia and transphobia as well!

We ask everyone who rejects Jobbik’s proposed amendment to speak out in protest.

We welcome all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and straight supporters to this year’s Budapest Pride march on July 7!

A 2011-es Budapest Pride felvonulás. Copyright: Piotr Wcislik