Welcome to our Weekly LGBTQ Newsflash – issue No. 3. Thank you for your support and response to previous two issues. We are determined now to make this weekly newsflash a regular feature
Hungarian parliament passes discriminatory anti-LGBTQ+ bill and constitutional changes
The Hungarian Parliament has passed a series of constitutional amendments which directly targets and impacts the LGBTQ+ community.
Today (December 15) Hungary has implemented a strict code of legal changes that outright discriminates against the LGBTQ+ community and threatens their human rights.
Following the new law introduced today, Hungary is now prohibiting legal gender recognition. An individual’s sex will be defined as “biological sex based on primary sex characteristics and chromosomes” which will be unable to be changed at a later date. The initial recording of “sex of birth” will be documented in the national registry of births, marriages and deaths.
A new constitutional amendment made to Hungary’s Fundamental Law which describes a normative family unit is where “the mother is female, the father is male”, which intentionally excludes same-sex couples.
Another controversial bill was introduced 10 November which ensured that only married couples will be allowed to adopt children. Exceptions to the prevailing rule can be accommodated, but it is increasingly likely that same-sex couples, single household families and non-married opposite-sex couples will be excluded from the opportunity to adopt.
As of today, Christian education has been included in the Basic Law, which stipulates that “the mother is a woman, the father is a man.”
Ruling in favour of Christian education, an amendment was made to Article XVI of the Fundamental Law, stating: “Hungary shall protect the right of children to their identity in line with their sex by birth, and shall ensure an upbringing in accordance with the values based on our homeland’s constitutional identity and Christian culture.”
This new provision will both impact and directly stigmatise transgender people as it will prohibit any opportunity to host LGBTQ+ educational classes, workshops, or activities that do not correlate with Christian ethics or attitudes.
In recent weeks, the LGBTQ+ community in Hungary have been subjected to homophobic and transphobic attitudes and statements from ruling parties. A most recent example was a statement issued by the Prime Minister after an LGBTQ+ children’s book, Wonderland Belongs to Everyone, was published in mainstream circulation. The book itself featured a diverse range of topics, including divisibility, sexualities and ethnicities.
However, following the publication of the book this September, the children’s novel faced extreme criticism. On September 25, the deputy leader of Hungary’s far-right Mi Hazank party ripped pages of the book one after another during a press conference and called it “homosexual propaganda.”
A few days later, on October 4, the Hungary Prime Minister made an active distinction between “Hungarians” and “homosexuals” during an interview, stating: “As regards homosexuality, Hungary is a patient, tolerant country. But there is a red line that must not be crossed, and this is how I would sum up my opinion: ‘Leave our children alone.’”
David Vig, Director of Amnesty Hungary, commented on Hungary’s unfolding issue: “This is a dark day for Hungary’s LGBTQ community and a dark day for human rights. These discriminatory, homophobic and transphobic new laws – rushed through under the cover of the coronavirus pandemic – are just the latest attack on LGBTQ people by Hungarian authorities.”
PRESIDENT-ELECT BIDEN NOMINATES PETE BUTTIGIEG AS SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION—MAKING HIM THE FIRST OUT LGBTQ CABINET SECRETARY IN U.S. HISTORY
(WASHINGTON, DC, DECEMBER 15, 2020)
The following statement can be attributed to Rea Carey, Executive Director:
“Today, President-elect Biden made history by nominating former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg as Secretary of Transportation. If confirmed, he will be the first out LGBTQ Cabinet Secretary in history. Our hope is that this historic first is just that – the first – of more LGBTQ nominees at this and other levels of government service. Our community has a deep, diverse and talented bench to serve in all agencies. We know the day will come when we will have accomplished the “firsts” and can celebrate the full range of contributions made by LGBTQ people in government.Rea Carey, Executive Director
We are pleased to see the prior appointments of Karine Jean-Pierre as deputy press secretary, and Pili Tobar, an immigration rights advocate named deputy White House communications director. Also, Carlos Elizondo, who is openly gay and was Biden’s social secretary when Biden was vice president, was named White House social secretary. We look forward to supporting other qualified LGBTQ appointees in successful confirmations.
We urge the incoming administration to continue to appoint LGBTQ+ individuals and we hope to see history made with the appointment of more transgender people and people of color from our community to fully represent our diversity and multiple identities.”
The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice, and equity for LGBTQ people. We are building a future where everyone can be free to be their entire selves in every aspect of their lives. Today, despite all the progress we’ve made to end discrimination, millions of LGBTQ people face barriers in every aspect of their lives: in housing, employment, healthcare, retirement, and basic human rights. For more information, go to https://www.thetaskforce.org
NakedSword Adds BelAmi Book to December Member Giveaway Contest
SAN FRANCISCO—NakedSword has been celebrating its 20th anniversary all year long, and that’s included giving members a chance to win monthly prizes. For the last giveaway of the year, NakedSword is offering members a chance to win one of 20 BelAmi collector’s edition photo books and 2021 calendars.
Known for its gorgeous men and photography, BelAmi’s photo books have become collector’s items after they sell out, and NakedSword is giving away some of these books to members who enter during the month of December.
Falcon/NakedSword President Tim Valenti stated, “The member giveaways this year were something new for us that we wanted to do for our 20th anniversary to give back to our amazing members who have stuck with us for so many years. What better way to end the giveaways this year than with these limited edition BelAmi items full of their most stunning photography?”
NakedSword, which styles itself as “The Netflix of Gay Porn”, is also offering a free scene download for members in December. It’s from NakedSword Originals 2019 feature The Gay Simple Life. This scene, starring Falcon Exclusive Josh Moore with Dakota Payne, will be added to the list of downloads inside the members area to download for the rest of the year free with a NakedSword membership.
Members can enter the monthly giveaways and download the free scenes throughout 2020 only on NakedSword.com. NakedSword is also giving away two free yearly memberships every month, chosen at random, to fans who enter here.