Sandor Steigler, who heads the Rainbow Mission Foundation, which organised the festival, said that Hungary’s parliament recently approved a constitution that “restricts the rights of lesbian and gay people in a discriminatory manner or does not acknowledge the existence of such people in this country.”
Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in Budapest Timothy A. Betts said a society is strongest if it involves all of its members. Political and social leaders should support universal human rights instead of intolerance.
“We must fight against hate and intolerance and protect and enforce the inalienable rights of all people,” he added.
The week-long festival will include film screenings, discussions and exhibitions. It will conclude with a gay pride march from Heroes’ Square to Kossuth Square on June 18.