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Hungary: Police Refuse to Grant Permission for Gay Pride
The gays in Budapest have struggled for years, for their freedom and acceptance. It's a gorgeous city and a great value for travelers.

We were there last year for their gay pride, which had been on again, off again during the planning months. Police were unsure they wanted to provide the protection needed. In the end, the pride parade and march did happen - but over 1400 police were on hand to make sure no skinheads or fascists bothered or harmed the marchers.

The Budapest Pride is Hungary's largest annual LGBT event. It has historically been known under several names, including Budapest Gay Dignity Procession (Hungarian Meleg Meltosag Menet) or simply "happy parade" (Hungarian Meleg Meltosag Menet). The parade has taken place each year since 1997, usually on the first Saturday of July, proceeding along Budapest's most expansive thoroughfare, Andrassy Avenue, between the City Park (Varosliget) and Elizabeth Square (Erzsebet ter). Though much smaller in scale than similar gay pride parades in Western Europe and the Americas, between a thousand and two thousand marchers typically participate in the Budapest procession. Radical right-wing demonstrators and hooligans have severely disrupted the Budapest gay parades held in 2007 and 2008, casting concerns with the Police in Budapest.

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Published on:  April 6, 2012

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