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.
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Stopping any payments of EU funds to Hungary until the law is withdrawn.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 15, 2022
After legal action in relation to the anti-LGBT+ law against Hungary commenced in July 2021, the European Commission is now taking it to the judicial branch of the European Union, the European Court of Justice.
The European Commission believes that the anti-LGBT+ law violates a number of EU laws. These infringements include human dignity, freedom of expression, freedom of information, the right to privacy and non-discrimination.
It takes EU judges roughly one and a half to two years to deliver a ruling, in which the losing party is obliged to implement, or risks facing a fine.
April 3, 2022
Today, Hungarians went to the polling station to vote in general elections and the anti-LGBT+ referendum. None of the four referendum questions met the quorum, with over 20% of invalid ballots being cast and 35% of voters abstaining. This is a success for the civil society campaign to invalidate the referendum. But Fidesz is still in power. That means, the EU must speed up the process and make sure the Hungarian government retracts this hateful law.
March 30, 2022
Today, together with a coalition of Hungarian organizations led by Háttér Society and Amnesty International Hungary, we lit up Budapest with a massive projection saying: “Vote Invalid at the Referendum!”
December 02, 2021
The EU Commission – the executive branch of the European Union – has begun the second phase of its legal action against Hungary in relation to the anti-LGBT+ law, which violates human dignity, freedom of expression and information, the right to respect of private life as well as the right to non-discrimination. (Source)
November 14, 2021
This year, the MTV European Music Awards were held in Budapest, Hungary. All Out and MTV worked together to ensure that the EMAs bring a strong message of love and solidarity to the LGBT+ community, after Hungary's government passed an extreme anti-LGBT+ law. Our partner from Budapest Pride, Viktória Radványi, was among the five honorees of the 2021 MTV EMA Generation Change Award selected by All Out and MTV. (Source)
July 25, 2021
On July 24, together with our partners at Budapest Pride, we lit up Budapest with rainbow and Hungarian colors and projected a powerful message against the law across the Danube River on behalf of the All Out movement.
August 14, 2021
As an act of solidarity with our LGBT+ siblings in Hungary, All Out members in Copenhagen, Kraków, Stockholm, Berlin, Sofia, Turin, Dublin and Lisbon, organized Global Speak Outs in front of Hungarian Embassies in their cities, keeping up the pressure on the European Commission to take action against this gross violation of human rights.
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)