What is Migszol doing in the Pride?
Equality of rights - be them social, political or economic - is one of the main values of Migszol. Therefore we are participating in the Budapest Pride: on Friday in the NGO fair [Civil Aktivitásra Fel!)] and on Saturday in the main Pride March. Migszol is engaged in fighting for the rights of all migrants, and will march together with those refugees and migrants who represent LGBTQ minorities and for all the people in Hungary who face violence, abuse and discrimination based on their sexual and/or gender identity. See the Budapest Pride statement below.
“We believe it’s crucial that LGBTQ people and other oppressed minorities have a chance to feel safe every day, in every corner of the country. Let’s create a society in our country in which there is no room for any type of sexist, racist, homophobic, or transphobic actions. Not at home, nor at school, or at work, or in hospitals, nor in Parliament, nor on the streets.”
Members of the LGBTQ community are being persecuted all over the world. They have the right to apply for protection in safer countries. The United Nations Refugee Agency UNHCR acknowledges that:
“It is widely documented that LGBTI individuals are the targets of killings, sexual and gender-based violence, physical attacks, torture, arbitrary detention, accusations of immoral or deviant behaviour, denial of the rights to assembly, expression and information, and discrimination in employment, health and education in all regions around the world. Many countries maintain severe criminal laws for consensual same-sex relations, a number of which stipulate imprisonment, corporal punishment and/other death penalty.”
These practices put a lot of pressure on asylum seekers, who have to prove that living in a climate of fear and harassment is not sufficient to seek protection in another place. Also, discriminatory legislation against LGBTQ individuals and relations affect LGBTQ refugees in ways that infringe upon their rights. One example in Hungary would be the right refugees have to bring their close family members to their new home. As long as same-sex marriage or partnership is not recognized in Hungary, refugees will not be able to make a claim for their partners and families to be brought to safety.
Although the political and social climate in Hungary is not friendly towards LGBTQ individuals, it does offer more protection when compared to countries from which asylum seekers usually flee. It is however important to note that LGBTQ refugees and migrants are still discriminated against and are exposed to persecution as other LGBTQ individuals - see more in the “Fleeing Homophobia” report from 2011.
How can you join?
Given the facts stated above, it is more than necessary to gather together and show the world that we march for human rights and against all discrimination. The Budapest Pride March is on Saturday, the 5th of July - you can join us, too!
Important! You can join the Pride Parade only on its starting point, in front of the Parliament, and you have to be there before 3:45pm to get in. Read carefully all the schedule and security details from the organizer!