5 ways you can help the Hungarian LGBTI community

Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary. Credit: European Parliament

Today, the 8 July 2021, the new anti-LGBT legislation comes into force in Hungary. This legislation bans the “portrayal and the promotion of gender identity different from sex at birth, the change of sex and homosexuality” for persons under 18 in the Child Protection Act, the Act on Business Advertising Activity, the Media Act, the Family Protection Act and the Public Education Act (see more in our June press release).

The reaction has been widespread, with condemnations from all parts of society, as well as international and European institutional voices speaking out against it. At ILGA-Europe, we have been receiving a huge volume of requests for information about how to support the Hungarian LGBTI community in the face of this latest attack on their fundamental rights and freedoms.

We have been working daily with Hungarian LGBTI activists to respond to the legislation, but also to identify how best to support ongoing LGBTI activism, and the community at large.

With this collaboration, we have identified the following five concrete ways you can support LGBTI people in Hungary:

1. You can organise protest actions in front of the Hungarian Embassy in your country.

2. Framing

In your communications/when talking about the situation in Hungary, it is important to state that this is the FIDESZ-led government that is attacking the LGBTI community, and that in fact the Hungarian people, including many politicians, businesses, professional unions, have spoken out against the law and against the many other attacks on fundamental rights and democracy in Hungary, and support the LGBTI community.

3. Keep up the pressure on governments

Keep the situation in Hungary on the agenda of your national governments via letters, petitions, social media.

4. Where Hungarian citizens, such as Erasmus students, come on exchanges to your university/city/initiative, think about organising LGBTI meet ups or cultural activities which are explicitly inclusive of LGBTI people.

5. Consider supporting LGBTI organisations in Hungary — see ILGA-Europe’s members here.

The introduction of this legislation in Hungary is not simply about LGBTI rights, it is about the scapegoating and instrumentalisation of vulnerable minorities for political power by an autocrat. Everyone, not only in the EU where this is happening, needs to be worried about the rise of autocracy and the example it gives to other people in power in governments that are leaning the same way.

Now is the time to take action, and beyond today we have to keep the pressure up. Use these five tools support Hungarian LGBTI people today and in the weeks and months beyond, to keep working for a world where human rights are cherished rather than trampled upon for power.

Learn more about ILGA-Europe here!




We are a driving force for political, legal and social change with over 600 member organisations in Europe and Central Asia.

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Recommended from Medium

In an Ideal World

New Britain State of Pride 2019

How is Homophobia Fueled by Technology.

But You Don’t Look Gay — A Queer Femme Speaks

As I was writing this post I considered calling it the “Alpha Female” At any rate, the whole post…

Activism on the Intersections: Being part of the indigenous Sámi community and LGBTI

Pride Means Playing Every Card You Have

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store


We are a driving force for political, legal and social change with over 600 member organisations in Europe and Central Asia.

More from Medium

A Sustainable Period

An experience of its kind

Funny and Cute Alternatives Nicknames for Grandparents (that are not Grandpa and Grandma)

My Carnival cruise ended at the pier! Why was I denied boarding?

This is Carnival’s cruise ship the Mardi Gras. The family in this article was denied boarding their cruise on the ship.