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On May 19th, just two days after celebrating IDAHOBIT day, the Hungarian Parliament voted in favour of revoking Article 33, which means that the rights of trans and intersex people are no longer upheld and is a massive regressive step backwards in terms of inclusion and equality across the European Union.
The new law defines gender as based on chromosomes at birth, meaning previous provisions whereby trans people could alter their gender and name on official documents will no longer be available.
The law was originally proposed by Hungary's deputy prime minister on 31st March 2020 as part of a package of legislation amendments ironically on the International Day of Transgender Visibility.
The Bill was passed by votes of right-wing Prime minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party by 134 to 56 with four abstentions but successfully requiring the two-thirds majority to be actioned into law by the President of Hungary in due course.
Worldwide condemnation has followed with international criticism by human rights organisations, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, and Members of the European Parliament.
This decision pushes Hungary back towards the dark ages and tramples the rights of transgender and intersex people," said Amnesty International’s Researcher, Krisztina Tamás-Saroy. In her statement, she said that "It will not only expose them to further discrimination but will also deepen an already intolerant and hostile environment faced by the LGBTI community."
Amnesty International had joined several international and national LGBTI organisations in calling for this ban to be dropped under the hashtag #drop33.