Hungary has adopted anti-LGBT+ legislation similar to Russia's "gay propaganda" law. This is a shameful attack on the rights of LGBT+ Hungarians. The European Union must respond swiftly and with decisive action.

On June 15, Hungary's parliament passed legislation that bans any material that could be seen by minors and that features gay characters or any sort of support for the LGBT+ community.

Any content that shows LGBT+ relationships, transitioning to another gender, or images of the rainbow flag will now be labeled as "not recommended for those under 18 years of age" and will be allowed to air on television only between 10 pm and 5 am.

The law also extends to sex education, with only teachers and organizations who are approved by the government allowed to teach the subject.


The Hungarian government claims the legislation aims to "protect children," but the opposite is true. By fanning the flames of homophobia and transphobia, LGBT+ children and families are put at further risk of discrimination and violence.

This is not the first time rainbow families and their children have come under attack in Hungary: In 2020, the Parliament enacted legislation that effectively bars gay couples from adopting children by restricting the possibility of adoption to married couples.

As a member of the European Union Hungary has committed itself to respect the human rights of its citizens. In passing this legislation it has clearly violated this commitment and must face harsh consequences.

Sign this petition and urge the European Union to step up immediately and use all tools available to force the Hungarian government to retract the law.

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To: The European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.

Hungary’s new anti-LGBT+ legislation is a shameful attack on the rights of LGBT+ Hungarians.

As a member of the European Union, Hungary has committed itself to respect the human rights of its citizens. In passing this legislation, it has clearly violated this commitment and has breached the European Union’s core values.

We demand the European Union step up immediately and use all tools available to require the Hungarian government to change course, including:

  • Using the rule of law framework to investigate the harmful effects of the anti-LGBT+ law and urge the Hungarian government to retract the law;

  • Triggering the Article 7 procedure against Hungary;

  • Opening an infringement procedure against Hungary;

  • Stopping any payments of EU funds to Hungary until the law is withdrawn.

July 21, 2021

Today, Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced a referendum to confirm the country’s recently passed anti-LGBT+ law, which will allow the Hungarian public to vote on whether or not they support the law. The referendum will be fanning the flames of homophobia and transphobia even more in the coming months. We will continue to pressure EU institutions to keep up the pressure on Hungary to repeal the anti-LGBT+ law. (Source)

July 15, 2021

Great News: The EU Commission – the executive branch of the European Union – has started legal action against Hungary in relation to the recently adopted anti-LGBT+ law. This so-called "infringement procedure" could ultimately result in Hungary being sanctioned by the EU Court of Justice. We will continue to pressure EU institutions to take ALL possible means to get the Hungarian Government to revoke the law. (Source)

July 08, 2021

On the day Hungary's anti-LGBT+ law came into force, the EU Parliament strongly condemned it and called on the European Commission to swiftly start legal proceedings against the Hungarian government for violating fundamental rights. (Source)

June 23, 2021

The President of the European Commission gave a press statement calling Hungary's anti-LGBT+ legislation a “shame” and saying that it goes against the fundamental values of “human dignity, equality and respect for human rights”. President Ursula von der Leyen promised to “use all the powers of the Commission to ensure that the rights of all EU citizens are guaranteed.” (Source)

June 22, 2021

18 EU Member States signed a statement condemning Hungary's anti-LGBT+ legislation and calling for the European Commission to act. (Source)

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