Budapest Pride: 30,000 defy heat and Viktor Orban

Budapest Pride Viktor Orban
Image: Tibor M. Kalman Twitter

Thousands of Hungarians defied sweltering heat and authoritarian anti-LGBTIQA+ Prime Minister Viktor Orban to celebrate Budapest Pride.

The event follows last week’s equally sizzling parades in Madrid and Bucharest.

The parade took place in 40-degree heat along a route unprotected by shade. But the marchers were determined to defend LGBTIQA+ rights in the country.

“Can you hold the 27th annual Budapest Pride parade in the middle of Orban’s illiberal, anti-LGBTQ, autocratic, far-right kleptocracy?” asked Tibor M. Kalman on Twitter.

“F_ck yes, you can,” he replied to his own question.

Along the route, marchers stopped to decorate a statue of Ronald Reagan with rainbow flags. One kindly soul even gifted the former US President sun protection in the form of a hat.

Notoriously homophobic Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban gave a speech in Romania the same day, again attacking LGBTIQA+ rights.

“The father is a man, the mother is a woman, leave our children alone.”

In 2021, Orban banned mention of homosexuality or gender transition in the media, supposedly to protect children.

However, in a first, the Mayor of Budapest hosted a reception for this year’s Pride march.

Of course, some protestors took the opportunity to mock Orban’s adoption of the Putin playbook.

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