Another European country set to ban LGBTQ content like literature, ads

Sat. June 12, 2021 6:07 PM by Gerald Farinas

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After almost a decade of decrying Russia's 2013 “gay propaganda” law, Hungary is poised to legislate the same for its country.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban will be leading his nationalist Fidesz party into elections next year and they will be campaigning on traditional Hungarian values.

The proposed ban on LGBTQ material aimed at youth and young adults—like books, pamphlets, cartoons, and advertising—is part of that campaign.

It proposes that any material that promotes LGBTQ identities and gender affirmation interventions are illegal.

Even more offensive to LGBTQ persons is that the proposal is a subset of a larger bill that punishes pedophilia. 

Budapest Pride, one of the main LGBTQ civil rights organizations in Hungary, is protesting the bill as an afront to democratic values like freedom of speech and expression.

President Joe Biden, currently traveling in Europe for the G7 Summit of wealthy, influential, industrialized nations, has been asked by groups like Budapest Pride to advocate for LGBTQ rights in Europe and against this legislation.

Polish sexual minorities advocates are also asking Biden the same—as the nation confronts increased violence against LGBTQ persons and its own homophobic and transphobic laws.