It’s only been a few, but very hectic days in Budapest. My apologies if the first entry on my new exciting life as an intern in this beautiful city is about a political topic, but I figured since we’re in love with…the world, Budapest Pride is more than relevant to our blog. My Hungarian life is very politically influenced (I know this is probably not very surprising), but hey, no bad connotations here. After only seven days at work, I feel like I have already broadened my horizon and am eager to find out what is still ahead of me.
Budapest Pride Parade was one of my first adventures and I must say that I really enjoyed it, even though it was quite intimidating at the same time. The parade was part of a film festival for LGBTQ people. Bringing awareness to those who still haven’t accepted the fact that love is for everyone was one of the main goals. Just a quick fact for those of you who don’t know what LGBTQ means, it’s referring to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. All around the world, there are similar events like the ‘Regenbogenparade’ in Vienna. As I couldn’t participate in this year’s parade in Vienna, I was quite happy to take part in Budapest’s march to support some close family members and friends of mine and just people in general who are in love because let’s be honest, aren’t we all in love with something or someone?
That is why it made me feel even happier when I found out how many different embassies from all over the world supported the event and fought for those who still get discriminated against because of…well, love. It’s not a secret that Hungary has gone through quite some changes in the past few years and that there have been issues with radicals assaulting participants of the parade. The amount of policemen and women trying to protect the event was rather impressive and intimidating. Seeing people yell at you (for once I was quite happy I didn’t speak Hungarian) and having hundreds of policemen and women trying to keep them away from you sure wasn’t a nice experience. I don’t wish anyone to be assaulted, or discriminated against because they are in love with someone. Even though this might be my fairy tale character speaking, but I still do believe in love and I think of it as a wonderful thing that is supposed to be cherished and not forbidden!