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PRIDE MARCH HELD IN BUDAPEST

 

The 27th Budapest Pride March, the closing event of the Budapest Pride month events, was held in the capital on Saturday. The march organised by the Szivárvány Misszió, an NGO advocating for equality for LGBTQ people, started from Carl Lutz Wharf on the Danube. Marchers walked along the embankment to Liberty Square. The march was accompanied by more than ten floats, including those of the opposition Socialist, Momentum and Two-tailed Dog parties. Marchers waved rainbow and European Union flags while dancing and singing. The march ended at Liberty Square. Luca Dudits of the Háttér LGBTQ group and Máté Vig of Amnesty International gave speeches protesting legislation they said harmed the rights of transgender citizens and made adoption by same-sex couples impossible. Amendments to the child protection law last June “conflated paedophilia and homosexuality,” they said. Kyiv Pride organiser Edward Reese also greeted participants, and called on them to demand an end to Russian aggression in Ukraine. Counter-demonstrators tried to disturb the event from atop Margaret Bridge, which the march passed underneath, with a banner saying “Stop LGBTQ, Paedophilia”. Others shouted abuse from the bridge and Margaret Island.