Thousands of Hungarians have joined the annual Budapest Pride march to support LGBTQ people and protest against a law that limits teaching about homosexuality and transgender issues in schools.
Demonstrators at the march through the streets of central Budapest on Saturday said the legislation was divisive. Organisers said in a statement the rally would show opposition to “power-hungry politicians” and reject intimidation of LGBTQ people.
“Instead of protecting minorities, the Fidesz-Christian Democrat government is using laws to make members of the LGBTQ community outcasts in their own country,” they said.
Populist Victor Orbán owes much of his success to a tough line on immigration but that issue has receded from the political agenda, so his focus has shifted to gender and sexuality.