Activists erect giant rainbow heart outside Hungary’s parliament to protest vile anti-LGBT+ law

Activists have erected a giant, rainbow coloured heart outside Hungary’s parliament to protest against the country’s reviled anti-LGBT+ law.

LGBT+ activists from the Háttér Society and Amnesty Hungary staged the demonstration on Thursday (8 July) over the controversial law, which prohibits discussion of LGBT+ identities in schools, advertising and in the media.

Luca Dudits, spokesperson for the Háttér Society, told the Associated Press at the demonstration that “civil disobedience” is the only path left open to them in their efforts to have the law overturned.

“We will not change anything about our activists,” Dudits said, adding that the law will stigmatise LGBT+ people and will put queer youth “in danger of bullying and harassment in schools”.

Both Dudits and Amnesty Hungary leader Vig Dávid spoke at the demonstration, telling those gathered that the government can’t be allowed to see human rights as a “menu” from which they can pick.

Dudits said that the law will serve as “a breeding ground for attacks, intimidation and self-censorship” in Hungary.

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