Hungary passes legislation banning LGBT+ content from being taught to those under 18 years old

Tuesday, Hungary passed legislation banning LGBT content from schools, television advertising, and films for children under the age of 18.

The bill, introduced by Fidesz, the ruling party of Hungary, was set forth with the aim to protect children from sex offenders and pedophiles. The bill passed with overwhelming support (157-1), yet some describe it as a full-on attack against the LGBT community. The bill added a searchable registry of convicted child sex offenders. Amendments added under parliament banned the dissemination of sexual content into schools, films, and advertising.

Homosexuality and sex reassignment are some of the issues addressed in the new law. Teaching these principles is now outlawed for children under the age of 18. Boycotting the vote were opposition members from other parties. Denouncing the efforts were several human rights groups with concerns that individuals may be harassed because of their sexual orientation.

Many are comparing it to the 2013 law passed by Russia that had many of the same earmarks. The press then called it ‘Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law,’ which, of course, brought a strong international outcry. There were also sanctions against Poland for its ‘LGBT Free Zones’ in recent years. The European Commission has since announced an investigation into Hungary over possible human rights issues, saying it infringes on the right to freedom of expression, equal treatment & human dignity.


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