In 2021, the Hungarian government adopted legislation, that criminalized 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.
So, All Out started a campaign together with Budapest Pride and the Hungarian organization Forbidden Colors. Aside from a petition, that was signed over 100,000 times, asking the European Union to take swift action, we took to the streets to make our voices heard. Within a month of the shameful adoption of the law, we projected our message across the Danube River on behalf of the All Out movement.
In August 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.
In November 2021, we teamed up with MTV. During the MTV European Music Awards in Budapest, All Out and MTV worked together to ensure that the EMAs brought a strong message of love and solidarity to the LGBT+ community. 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.
And then, we did it again. A few days before the elections, which included a referendum to cement the hateful legislation, 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 in the Referendum!” The Referendum fortunately did not pass.
On 15th July 2022, it was announced, that ´the European Union took legal action in relation to the anti-LGBT+ law against Hungary commenced in July 2021, by 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 1 1/2 - 2 years to deliver a ruling, in which the losing party is obliged to implement, or risks facing a fine.
We'll keep you updated on this campaign and continue to support our Hungarian LGBT+ siblings along the way!