Hungary Passes Law Banning LGBTQ Content For Minors


Hungary’s parliament has passed a law banning gay people from being featured in scholastic, educational materials, or TV shows for under-18s, as Viktor Orban’s ruling party intensified its campaign against LGBTQ rights.



The national assembly passed the legislation by 157 votes to one, after MPs in the ruling Fidesz party ignored a last-minute petition by one of Europe’s leading human rights officials to abandon the plan as ‘an affront against the rights and identities of LGBTI persons’.



Despite a boycott of the vote by some opposing politicians, the outcome was never in doubt. The legislation outlaws sharing information with under-18s that the government considers to be promoting homosexuality or gender change.



Critics have likened the newly established measures to Russia’s 2013 law against ‘gay propaganda’, which independent monitors say has increased social hostility and fuelled attacks against the LGBTQ community.



As per a Hungarian government spokesperson: ‘There are contents which children under a certain age can misunderstand and which may have a detrimental effect on their development at the given age, or which children simply cannot process, and which could therefore confuse their developing moral values or their image of themselves or the world’.



This means only individuals and organisations listed in an official register can carry out sex education classes in schools. Companies and organisations will also be banned from running adverts in solidarity with gay people if they are deemed to target minors.


It also means that TV shows and films featuring gay characters, or the pride flag, would be permitted only after the watershed.


This comes shortly after the decision to effectively ban adoption by gay couples and end legal recognition for gender changes.

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