Ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton criticized the Hungarian government for a recent law that violates LGBTQ+ rights.
Recently the Hungarian government passed a law that bans depiction of homosexuality and transgender issues to those under the age of 18.
Not only that, but the law is accused of putting homosexuality and paedophilia in the same context. This was condemned by the European Union and many human rights NGOs, including Amnesty International.
“This is a dark day for LGBTQ+ rights and for Hungary,” Amnesty International said after the law was passed.
“Like the infamous Russian ”propaganda law” this new legislation will further stigmatise LGBTQ+ people and their allies. It will expose people already facing a hostile environment to even greater discrimination.
“Tagging these amendments to a bill that seeks to crack down on child abuse appears to be a deliberate attempt by the Hungarian government to conflate paedophilia with LGBTQ+ people.”
Amid pressure from the EU, Hungary will now hold a referendum on this matter later this year or in early 2022.
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Ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton blasted the Hungarian government for passing the law and urged the people of Hungary to vote against it in the upcoming referendum.
“To all in this beautiful country [of] Hungary,” Lewis wrote on social media.
“Ahead of the Grand Prix this weekend, I want to share my support for those affected by the government’s anti-LGBTQ+ law.
“It is unacceptable, cowardly, and misguiding for those in power [to] suggest such a law. Everyone deserves to have the freedom to be themselves, no matter who they love or how they identify.
“I urge the people of Hungary to vote in the upcoming referendum to protect the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. They need our support more than ever.
“Please show love for those around you because Love will always win,” concluded Hamilton.