My Budapest (36): The gay parade – July 2013
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If it’s the first week of July, then it’s Budapest Pride week! I don’t know about other years, but this time last week was full of workshops, art exhibitions, NGO meetings and so on (see the bilingual program – both Hungarian and English – here). The whole event was wonderfully organized – well, except – as usually – the Parade (which took place yesterday, July 6). It had probably the biggest attendance ever (organizers said there were 8000 people, I would go to maximum 5000) and probably the majority of participants were NOT from the LGBT community, but they simply wanted to show their support and to defend simple human rights. That being said, I still do not understand why the organizers cannot display the seriousness of all these legitimate demands, and prefer to transform all this protest in some sort of show. But let us start with the best thing of this march – the wonderful, big flag of the LGBT community:
Below there’s an interesting image (thank you C. for making me pay attention!). It says: ‘Fagot list’. According to a friend (see the comment below) ‘Köcsög means vase in Hungarian, it just also became the pejorative word for homosexuals, for some reason’. Now we understand what the woman in that bowl is trying to say.
And now, let’s go to the freak show. If I am probably able to get the message of the first photo below (marriage rights for gay persons), I really don’t understand what the woman in the second photo below is trying to say.
In the photo below, the purse (the Rubik’s cube - its inventor is an Hungarian) seems funny:
Below, it’s a music band of strange guys (from an international university based in down-town Budapest) which can be seen in almost any demonstration – or at least I did (well, probably except Jobbik demonstrations).
Well, so could you have a normal Gay Parade without them? Of course not. I strongly believe the persons in the two photos below simply make fun of the whole transsexual community. These displays, instead of drawing attention to a problem of rights, induce the public (and governments) to believe that all transgenders look like that – funny weird people with no serious claims. I think it’s sad.
Don’t know whether the girls below (watching the Parade from behind a fenced garden) had something to do with the Parade:
And let’s talk now about the weirdness of the far-right. Just a note: I was a bit surprised to see press reports according to which there were around 300 extremists engaged in a counter-demonstration. Well, this is ABSOLUTELY WRONG. Below in the first three photos, you can see that each street that intersected the Andrássy Avenue was blocked by the police, and beyond the fences there were a few extremist people: not Jobbik – or the Hungarian Guard’s – members, just some (probably) hooligans (trained in soccer matches) that were protesting (first photo below: this guy has a tattoo: ‘Ferencváros’ – which is the name of the Budapest’s ninth district which has a soccer team named Ferencvárosi TC). In the fourth photo below, you can see a part of the real extremists – members of the New Hungarian Guard, dressed in their stupid uniforms. But this is the real thing: immediately after the Parade passed off, they started to run away. I was curios, I wanted to know what are they going to do, so I run together with them. Well, they just bypassed the Cathedral, tried to find another street that intersected Bajcsy-Zsilinszky, and then started again to howl against the Pride group (and this strategy continued for tens of minutes – or streets). So yes, I would ask Hungarian journalists to be more interested in and to pay more attention to what is happening: if we add both hooligans and the real extremists, I wouldn’t say there were more than 70-100 persons following the whole event. The fact that they were changing places didn’t make their group bigger. Jeez!
The anti-gay protesters are shouting the usual ‘mocskos buzik’ (translation: ‘dirty faggots’, or ‘filthy fags’, or ‘fucking faggots’):
Finally, I have selected some portraits that may be interesting. The first one shows a girl wearing an interesting T-shirt displaying a group of nuns; below it is written: ‘All the Single Ladies’. The second photo shows one of the three transgenders I have already talked about above, but this particular picture draw my attention since s/he seems so sad (well, it may be only my impression). Finally, a Jobbik-Emo member (quite an interesting and strange combination!)
[Finally, some disclaimer. I have NOT participated to the Gay Parade as a supporter of the LGBT rights. I do believe that the LGBT community has a specific political agenda that tries to defend some rights for a FEW specific sexual minorities, but not for all of them - for example not for polygamists. Yes, I know polygamy is traditionally associated with oppressing women - but this is not an argument against an actual, modern definition of a legal term in the private law. And this is not only my opinion - read The Economist's article Polygamy Now! - which also explains why the LGBT community separated itself from the advocates of 'more exotic marital arrangements'. So yes - until all sexual minorities are supported (well, excluding the paedophiles & co.) I cannot be a supporter of the Pride Festival. I was there only as an amateur photographer! Not as a supporter.]