LGBT Ireland and Dublin Pride have organised a demonstration outside the Hungarian Embassy at 2 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2 on Saturday, August 14th, from 1 pm as part of a global day of action organised by All Out. The protest comes in response to Hungary’s controversial law,
which took effect last month, banning the distribution of any LGBTQ+ materials seen to promote LGBTQ+ issues to minors.
Demonstrations are set to take place around the world, including the Hungarian Embassy in Copenhagen during World Pride.
The anti-LGBTQ+ law, which was passed under Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s government on June 15th, has received backlash from LGBTQ+ rights organisations and politicians. On July 15th, the European Commission launched legal action against Hungary for violations of fundamental rights of LGBTQ+ people.
In Ireland, LGBTQ+ community organisers expressed their concern in light of the developments in Hungary. Speaking about the issue, LGBT Ireland’s James O’Hagan notes, “As we witness an increase in discriminatory policies, hate speach and violence against the LGBTQ community globally, it is vital we use our voice to speak out loudly in solidarity with LGBTQ communities facing intolerance. This protest, taking place during World Pride, aims to
remind the Hungarian Government that LGBTQ rights are human rights, and to maintain pressure on the European Union to hold Hungary accountable to its commitment of respecting the fundamental human rights of all its citizens.”
Viktor Horvath, a Hungarian member of the LGBTQ+ community living in Ireland, further comments, “Growing up in Hungary I got used to the mentality that being different made you bad or disgusting, I held that feeling for a long time – it took me years living in Ireland to slowly
shed off this mentality and feel proud of my identity. It breaks my heart to think about my LGBTQ friends and family still living with that judgement, and this new legislation will ensure that future generations of Hungarian queer youth grow up with the same fear and shame I felt.”
COVID-19 guidelines will be adhered to. Event subject to cancellation or changes.