Thousands of Hungarians march in support of LGBTQ community

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Thousands of Hungarians marched through Budapest on Saturday in support of the country's LGBTQ community and to protest the policies of Prime Minister Viktor Orban, the New York Times reports.

The big picture: Attendees at this year's Budapest Pride march celebrated the LGBTQ community, while also opposing recently passed legislation that bans sharing content with minors that features gay characters or any sort of support for LGBTQ people.

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  • "We are standing in solidarity with the LGBTQ community but we are also standing with anyone threatened by global authoritarian discourse," Zoltan Adam, an associate professor of economics at Corvinus University of Budapest told the NYT.

  • The ban passed in June is part of a law that seeks to increase sentences for pedophilia.

  • Critics say the ruling Fidesz party is wrongly conflating LGBTQ people with sex crimes against minors and that the bill will reinforce anti-LGBTQ prejudices.

Of note: This year's march seemed to be the biggest in its 26-year history, according to the NYT.

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