Hungarian state homophobia

This video about Hungary says about itself:

Fascism in Hungary- Hungarian Guard- Magyar Garda

Magyar Gárda Hagyományőrző és Kulturális Egyesület (English: Hungarian Guard Association for Protection of Traditions and Culture) nationalist, paramilitary movement in Hungary. It was founded through an “oath of loyalty to Hungary” by its members in Buda Castle, Budapest, in August 2007.. They are backed by and developed out of the right-wing party, Jobbik.

By Jake Blumgart, Truthout in the USA:

Homophobia on the Rise in Eastern Europe as Rightist Extremism Intensifies

Friday, 29 June 2012 00:00

On July 2008, Michael Simmons marched in the tenth annual Budapest gay pride parade, just as he had in previous years. Established in 1998, Hungary’s pride parade is one of the longest established in Central and Eastern Europe, and for the first nine years of its existence it was marked by the festivities – transvestites dancing in flatbed trucks, loud music, colorful floats – familiar to inhabitants of most Western European and American cities. Back then, the conservative and skinhead counter protesters were a joke.

That changed in 2007 when large groups of right-wing thugs attacked the marchers with vegetables, rotten eggs, rocks and bottles. Some people who left the parade were beaten. The police response was inadequate, as they were unprepared for the sudden violence. In 2008, Simmons experienced the same thing, “well-organized and well-orchestrated attacks” by crowds of counter protesters.

“It was four hours of sustained attack and it never let up; there was never a breathing period,” said Simmons, a lifelong human rights activist, who took part in the civil rights movement in the American South and has worked extensively in Eastern Europe since the late 1980s. “Their [faces were so full of] hate. And their children were there. It reminded me of those pictures you see of lynchings, where young men are holding their girlfriends’ hands.”

Although police protection for the marchers improved after the first couple of years, the general situation of Hungary’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community has worsened. The extreme right-wing party Jobbik, which is often associated with such hateful attacks, has grown rapidly. (They even have a paramilitary wing.) In 2007, Jobbik could be dismissed as a fringe group with no parliamentary representation. Today, Jobbik is the nation’s third-largest political party, with 47 of 386 seats in the Hungarian Parliament.

The nationalist conservative Fidesz Party, which controls two-thirds of the parliamentary seats and has been widely condemned for authoritarian tendencies, is less overtly discriminatory. But before Fidesz’s 2010 electoral sweep, LGBT rights in Hungary were rapidly progressing. Today, the new Constitution that Fidesz wrote and implemented unilaterally stipulates that marriage must be between a man and a woman. For the last two years, the Fidesz-controlled city government of Budapest has tried to ban the Pride March, citing traffic concerns and the presence of small children on the city streets. In both cases, the ban was challenged by LGBT groups and overturned by the courts.

“We are working in a context of rising extremism, which not only targets the LGBTQ community, but also the Roma and Jewish community,” said Dorottya Karsay, one of the organizers of Budapest Pride. “We’ve seen a number of hate crimes, hate attacks in recent weeks, both in Budapest and in the countryside…. Extremism has been on the rise in the region for the last few years; it definitely has something to do with the crisis.”

More than 60 per cent of Scottish people agree that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people face prejudice – and it’s time MSPs tackled it, campaigners said today: here.

Britain: Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people often hide their sexuality or gender identity in sports, research by the Equality Network found today: here.

This weekend sees London play host to the third ever WorldPride event – a global celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender culture: here.

15 thoughts on “Hungarian state homophobia

  1. Top cop sorry for gay ‘mistake’

    ITALY: Police apologised today after they were forced to change a training manual that listed homosexuality as a “sexual deviance” in the same category as bestiality, incest and necrophilia.

    The Carabinieri quickly apologised after an outcry from gay rights groups.

    It was “an unfortunate mistake,” said Carabinieri commander General Leonardo Gallitelli.


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  5. Bishops pray against gays

    FRANCE: The country’s bishops’ conference asked priests today to read a prayer calling on politicians to resist calls for gay adoption and marrigage, stressing children’s need for “the love of a father and a mother.”

    President Francois Hollande has said he wants a law allowing gay marriage and adoption next year.

    Many parishes ignored the suggested prayer.


  6. Homophobes sue Madonna

    Russia: Anti-gay activists filed suit against US singer Madonna at the weekend, for millions of dollars, claiming that they were offended by her support for gay rights during a recent concert in St Petersburg.

    Lawyer Alexander Pochuyev said the suit was filed against Madonna, the organiser of her concert and the hall where it was held for damages totaling 333 million rubles (£6.6m).


  7. Cardinal Errors – when will he learn?

    It’s only a couple of weeks since the new archbishop of Glasgow got into bother for his dismal aspersions on the early death of gay Labour MP David Cairns and on same-sex marriage.

    Now Scotland’s top Catholic, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, has weighed in with a “snub” for the Scottish government over its plans to make same-sex marriage legal.

    O’Brien is suspending direct communication with the Scottish government on the issue.

    Any consultation on the planned Bill will have to go through church minions and not the top dog himself.

    The cardinal’s fury is not surprising given that he believes same-sex marriage to be a “grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right.”

    But it’s hard to see what the problem is.

    The new law won’t force anyone to get married who doesn’t want to. And it certainly won’t force anyone to conduct a marriage if they don’t want to.

    It will just make things fair and equal for all, as they should be.

    The old celibate is clearly just annoyed that he can’t force everyone else to do what he tells them any more.


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