On Friday evening June 27th, 2014 the Budapest Pride Festival will begin with an official opening ceremony. This year’s motto is: “Budapest Pride 365: today and every day.” We expect a record number of attendees for the festival’s most visible program, the Budapest Pride March on July 5th, 2014.
With our motto this year we would like to raise awareness to the fact that while LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) people’s visibility and their oppression gets more publicity during the Budapest Pride Festival and March, the hurtful and stifling stereotypes, the legal, social and various other forms of discrimination take place on a daily basis throughout the year in every corner of Hungary which have a profound effect on the lives of LGBTQ people and indirectly on their allies – their family, friends, and loved ones.
As organizers of Budapest Pride, we work to achieve that LGBTQ people feel safe and comfortable every day and in every aspect of their lives and not only behind police cordons: around their families, at their workplace, in their communities, when interacting with police, when receiving medical treatment or simply when being out in public.
As LGBTQ people, we strive to openly embrace the many different expressions and forms of our sexual orientation and gender identity every day of the year. We expect to be able to do so without fear of physical or verbal abuse and derogatory slurs, not only in our capital, Budapest, but throughout our country.
Our allies should not limit their support towards LGBTQ people only to the march. We encourage everyone to actively and consistently, in their daily lives, support the rights of those who are discriminated against based on their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
The 19th Budapest Pride Festival will run from June 27th through July 6th, 2014. The event, looking back on a history of over two decades, will offer a wide variety of programs. There will be performances, workshops, exhibitions, theatrical plays, literary evenings, community building games and parties with the active participation of LGBTQ people, organizations and our allies from Budapest as well as from other regions of Hungary.