LGBTQ+ and Budapest-Belgrade railway

The Hungarian parliament passed an omnibus bill that will bar citizens from legally changing their gender, in a move decried by critics as violating trans rights.

During the same plenary session on Tuesday (19 May), the parliament has classified agreement details for ten years regarding the Budapest-Belgrade railway link construction, which is financed in 85% by China and 15% by Hungary. 

The law changes “sex” to “sex at birth” on birth, marriage and death certificates – reversing a policy that allowed trans people to change their legal sex to match the gender in which they live. The move comes two days after the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, which took place last Sunday (17 May).

“The Hungarian parliament just voted on another dark page in Viktor Orban’s sinister illiberal playbook. This time it’s infringing the rights of the LGBTIQ community,” said the president of the Renew Europe group Dacian Cioloş. “This is unacceptable,” he added.

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