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New scandal at the Euro — now it's about LGBT

The Germans were not allowed to paint the arena in Munich in the colors of the rainbow. In Germany they are outraged, in Hungary they are satisfied.

UEFA opposed the fact that before the match with Hungary, highlight the Allianz Arena with rainbow colors. “Given the political context of this request, UEFA should reject it,” the organization said in a statement.

The Lord Mayor of Munich, Dieter Reiter, was disappointed by the decision of the European Union, as well as the fact that the German Football Federation could not (or did not want) to influence it in any way: “I am ashamed that UEFA forbids us here in Munich to show a sign of cosmopolitanism, tolerance, respect and solidarity to support many people from the LGBT community. I am also very disappointed that the DFB, despite overwhelming political approval both in Bavaria and throughout the Federal Republic of Germany, did not get involved and try to influence the decision in any way.”

But they still found a way out: the city hall, located near the stadium, will be illuminated and decorated with rainbow colors, and more than 10,000 rainbow flags will be distributed to fans before the match. In addition, 46 other stadiums across the country will still be decorated in the appropriate colors. “And in the end, love wins! — writes Bild.

UEFA's ban on lighting the stadium in Munich during the game with Hungary caused a storm of protests, but then it was replaced by a wave of solidarity. 46:1 in favor of the rainbow!»

Why do you need it at the match with Hungary?

On June 15, the Hungarian parliament passed a law banning gay propaganda, which restricts the rights of underage youth to receive information about homosexuality and sex change.

The document is directed against any projects and advertising campaigns that reveal the theme of solidarity with the LGBT community, as well as banning teachers from saying in school that “ homosexuality is a normal form of sexual behavior.” The bill was lobbied by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. By the way, he also opposed the action in support of BLM: he said that Hungarians bend the knee only in three cases before God, the country, and the beloved when they make her an offer.

The law was not appreciated by the EU countries — Hungary has already received a threat to reduce payments for projects from the EU Commissioner for Equality Elena Dalli, and 14 European governments, including France, Germany, Spain, and Italy, condemned the bill as “a blatant form of discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and self-expression.”

“UEFA talks a lot about tolerance and openness to the world, but when it comes down to it, the association is not thinking about values, but about business, “Bild writes.” The question arises: what kind of hypocritical organization is this, which two years ago “tweeted” the rainbow flag and was “proud” that the European Championship would be a tournament “for everyone”? What kind of deceitful UEFA officials now claim that all stadiums should glow in the same color, but show the colors of Gazprom from Russia on billboards, where gays are discriminated against? The question of whether the stadium in Munich can be lit up with rainbow flags is no longer solely a matter of Orban's policy. It's about whether we really dare to stand up for our values, such as tolerance and cosmopolitanism. Therefore, Munich must ignore the UEFA ban and do what it must: paint the stadium in the colors of the rainbow!»

What do they say in Hungary? Why was such a law adopted?

Following UEFA's refusal to allow rainbow lighting in Munich, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said: “Thank God common sense has prevailed among European football leaders.”

Viktor Orban's government insists that the law is aimed exclusively at protecting children. “The liberal skating rinks are again acting against Hungary,” the prime minister said.

Next year, elections are scheduled, so this is how Orban's attempts to stay in power are expressed (he served as prime minister from 1998 to 2002, and then was elected again in 2010 — since then, he has not left the post). The politician seeks to imbue the national identity with “traditional family values” and demonize the “LGBT ideology”, presenting it as a challenge to Hungarian culture. He has previously used similar tactics to stigmatize migrants.

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