Viktor Orban, the Prime Minister of Hungary, has long been known for his far-right ideology and controversial actions towards marginalized groups, including the LGBT+ community.
He was born in 1963 in Székesfehérvár, Hungary, and studied law at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest and later received a scholarship to study at Oxford University.
Orban began his political career in the late 1980s as a member of the Alliance of Young Democrats (Fidesz), a liberal party that was opposed to the communist government of Hungary at the time. In the 1990s, Orban emerged as a prominent figure in Hungarian politics, serving as the leader of Fidesz and serving in various governmental roles. In 2010, he was elected Prime Minister of Hungary and has been re-elected twice since then.
Throughout his career, Orban has been known for his far-right ideology and controversial policies. In addition to his actions towards the LGBT+ community, he has also been criticized for his crackdown on civil liberties, his hostility towards refugees and immigrants, and his close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Despite this, Orban remains a popular figure in Hungary and has successfully consolidated his power in the country.
In recent years, Orban has taken several steps to undermine the rights and acceptance of LGBT+ individuals in Hungary. In 2019, his government passed a constitutional amendment stating that the institution of marriage can only exist between a man and a woman, effectively banning same-sex marriage in the country.
Orban has also been criticized for his use of anti-LGBT+ rhetoric in political campaigns. In a speech in 2019, he declared that Hungary will not be “an LGBT-friendly country” and vowed to protect children from being “exposed” to the LGBT+ community.
In addition to these actions, Orban has also been accused of promoting an atmosphere of intolerance towards LGBT+ people in Hungary. His government has funded campaigns that spread misinformation and negative stereotypes about the community, and has been accused of creating a culture of fear and discrimination against LGBT+ individuals.
These actions have been widely condemned by human rights organizations and advocacy groups, who argue that Orban is attempting to roll back the progress made on LGBT+ rights in recent years.
“Orban’s efforts to demonize and discriminate against LGBT+ people in Hungary are deeply disturbing and unacceptable,” said Amnesty International in a statement. “Everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”
Despite the backlash, Orban has shown no signs of changing his stance on LGBT+ issues. In a recent interview, he defended his government’s actions and reiterated his commitment to traditional family values.
“We believe that the family is the fundamental unit of society, and it should be protected as such,” Orban said. “That means upholding the traditional definition of marriage as between a man and a woman, and protecting children from being exposed to alternative lifestyles.”
Orban’s actions and rhetoric have not only caused outrage among the LGBT+ community and their allies, but have also strained Hungary’s relations with other European Union countries that have more progressive policies on LGBT+ rights. In 2019, the EU launched a formal investigation into Hungary’s human rights record, citing concerns over Orban’s treatment of marginalized groups, including the LGBT+ community.
As Orban continues to push his controversial agenda, it remains to be seen how this will impact the rights and acceptance of LGBT+ people in Hungary. However, one thing is clear: Orban’s actions and ideology towards the LGBT+ community have sparked outrage and concern among human rights groups and advocates for equality.