How the Hungarian LGBTQI+ Are Instrumentalized by the European Union
Everyone agrees to put an end to legal discriminations. However, some Europeans accuse others of wanting on the contrary to create some. This is the case of Brussels against Hungary. But on closer inspection, this argument is dishonest and hides unavowable interests.
On June 15, the Hungarian Parliament adopted a law prohibiting the promotion of homosexuality among minors.
At the meeting of EU home affairs ministers on June 21, 2021, it was decided to launch a procedure against Hungary not for “clear risk of violation of the rule of law” but for “clear risk of violation of the values on which the Union is founded” (12266/1/18REV 1 COR 1).
17 out of 27 member states asked the president of the Council of European Heads of State and Government, Charles Michel, to put the issue of LGBTQI rights in Hungary on the agenda of the June 24-25 summit. At this meeting, the 17 accused Hungary of homophobia.
On the 25th, Commission President Ursula von der Layen strongly condemned the Hungarian law and asked her commissioners, Belgium’s Didier Reynders (Justice) and France’s Thierry Breton (Internal Market), to write to the Hungarian government to “enforce the law. This they did without delay (Ares S(2021) 4587976).
Let’s not get too carried away and examine what is behind these positions.
The issue of LGBTQI rights has never been part of European values. Simply because the Union was created by the Treaty of Rome, in 1957, and at that time, there were no LGBTQI . There were, however, homosexuals, although they themselves did not exist until 1868, when the Hungarian writer Karl-Maria Kertbeny invented the concept. Until the adoption of “Paragraph 175” in Germany in 1871 and the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1885 in the United Kingdom, no one had ever had the idea of penalizing same-sex sexual relations.
There had indeed been laws in Europe prohibiting sodomy, but they applied to both same-sex and different-sex relationships, and “homosexuals” have many other practices. We make a mistake in believing that LGBTQI people were persecuted in the past and are not persecuted today in “modern” countries. In reality, the way we understand sexuality and the prohibitions we set for ourselves vary according to time and place, but the distinction between different-sex and same-sex partners is recent.
The LGBTQI concept does not come from the French thinking of the 60’s as it is often claimed, but from American puritanical thinking. It is a kind of intellectual catch-all that amalgamates concepts related to sex (anatomical), sexual orientation (biological) and gender (psychological). Thus, this acronym designates :
L: Lesbian (lesbian), i.e. a woman having sexual relations with another woman ;
G: Gay, i.e. a man having sexual relations with another man;
B: Bisexual, i.e., a person who has sex with others of the same or different sex;
T: Transgender. We are not talking about individuals whose genetic sex is neither male (XY chromosomes) nor female (XX chromosomes), and who therefore do not recognize themselves in their anatomical sex (statistically less than 1 per 1000) . No, we are talking about people who define themselves intellectually in a different social role from that attached to their anatomical sex. While transsexuals can make their chromosomal particularity correspond to their biological sex by very heavy and irreversible operations, transgender people do not aspire to operations and can change their gender several times during their life.
Q: Queer. This term refers to the provocative culture of people whose sexuality does not fit into the social norm. It is in this sense that I had created with others, at the beginning of the Nineties, the House of the homosexualities in Paris.
I: Intersex (intersexual): Refers to people in general whose genetic sex does not correspond to the binary classification male/female. Some of them can be transsexuals.
: More (others). Since
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