We are celebrating IDAHOT (International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia) on 17th May since 2004. That date was chosen to commemorate the decision to remove homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1990.
24,000 individuals as well as organizations such as the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA), the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), the World Congress of LGBT Jews, and the Coalition of African Lesbians signed an appeal to support the "IDAHO initiative".
The main purpose of the May 17 mobilisations is to raise awareness of violence, discrimination, and repression of LGBT communities worldwide, which in turn provides an opportunity to take action and engage in dialogue with the media, policymakers, public opinion, and wider civil society.
We created a list of Hungarian public figures' homophobic, transphobic and biphobic acts and comments during the past year. These comments can be divided into 3 categories: character assasination, "gender-panic", and protecting "traditional family values". Although some acts don't fit into these categories - like subverting gays into sections of good gays and bad gays - they give us a vague perception on the narratives that play a significant role in fueling hatred and fear. If we missed something important from the list, drop us a line!
1. World Congress of Families (WCF) was held in Budapest, supported by the grand opening speech of the prime minister, Viktor Orbán. The conference is openly Russian-friendly and homophobic. WCF actively contributed to creating the Russian propaganda law of 2013 that qualified homosexual activities and homosexual propaganda to be a crime. WCF was labelled as a homophobic hate group by several international LGBTQ organizations.
2. The Hungarian Government invited Milo Yiannopoulos, an openly gay face of the US alt-right, mostly known for his scandals for propagating xenophobic and pro-paedophile views. By inviting him the government can easily strenghten the old homophobic narrative that wishes to merge LGBTQ people with paedophiles. Even Trump's campaign staff distanced themselves from Milo Yiannopoulos after his outrageous statements, but that didn't stop the Hungarian government from inviting him.
3. The government-influenced tabloid, Ripost tried to create fear by stating that "George Soros's gay son is endangering Hungary". Ripost made an uncountable number of homophobic comments and published several photos from Alexander Soros's social media platforms.
4. The government-influenced Ripost and Origo published character-assasination articles about the activist Márton Gulyás, after Gulyás pursued civic disobedience by throwing orange paint on the Sándor-palace. Ripost and Origo shared screenshots of Gulyás's profile from a dating site for gay, bisexual and trans men. Gulyás won a lawsuit against both papers.
5. Numerous government-influenced media platforms wrote several articles (888, Ripost, Origo, Lokál, pestisrácok) about Gábor Vona, the leader of the far-right party Jobbik rumoured to be gay.
6. The evening news program of the government-funded M1 reported that "Gábor Vona is dancing like a peacock to earn gay votes".
7. István Nyakó, the spokesperson of the social-democratic party (MSZP) referred to Gábor Vona's "warm ass" in an interview at ATV. (for non-Hungarian speakers: in our language, we have the same word for "gay" and "warm")
8. Gergely Szilvay, a journalist at Mandiner (who made it to be on our list last year by publishing a book titled "About gay marriage - critics in the ligth of classical thinking". We even held a long presentation about the mistakes of the book on our Pride University) published an article due to 2017's Pride Festival to state that he's "not legitimizing Pride". His article starts with the following passage: "Love is a man and a woman. Family is a dad, a mom, and kids."
9. Szilárd Németh, vice president of Fidesz claimed that there is the "gender-ideology is slinking in" with the Istanbul Convention, and it wasn't originally made to protect women.
10. Katalin Novák, vice president of Fidesz subverted gays into two categories: "right-minded" and "provocative" gays. She also stated that gay people have stable and widespread rights in Hungary, and she doesn't understand why anyone would think elseways.
11. László Kövér, speaker of the national assembly (again) spoke about the "cancerous spread of the gendermadness" at Mandiner.
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