Activists fear the new law curbs freedom of speech and children’s rights.
Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party has suggested a law to ban gender change content for children under 18. The draft includes banning educational material and advertisements that promote homosexuality.
Several human rights organizations have condemned the new law. Budapest Pride, an alliance of Hungarian LGBTQ groups, has asked for help from US-based LGBTQ organizations. Budapest Pride has asked them to persuade Joe Biden to raise the issue with North Atlantic Treaty Organization(NATO) and European Union(EU) leaders.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary will be attending both these events. The Budapest Pride organization said that Viktor Orban has been developing laws to serve the Chinese and Russian government at the expense of his own people.
The proposal restricts children under 18 from viewing pornographic or any content that supports gay rights. The bill that punishes pedophilia will contain this law as well.
Last year, the Fidesz government asked to ban Wonderland Is For Everyone, a children’s book. The book featured a poem about a prince who marries another prince.
Labrisz, an association for lesbian, bisexual, and trans women, is the publisher of the book. The government asked Labrisz to identify, and print disclaimers for all its books containing” behavior inconsistent with traditional gender roles”. The government labeled the book as 'homosexual propaganda' for representing gay people.
The government, last year, redefined the definition of family in its constitution. The new definition defines family as “based on marriage and the parent-child relation. The mother is a woman, and the father a man.” This decision by the government restricts homosexual and trans people from adopting children.
The country’s government does not recognize gay marriage. It also restricts people from registering their changed gender in official documents.
Orban believes homosexuality promotes a cultural “new era”. The Fidesz government is under formal EU investigation for violating EU rule-of-law standards such as a ban on gender studies, among others.
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