Sunday, May 3, 2020

Repugnance watch: Hungary moves to roll back legal recognition of transsexuality

The covid-19 pandemic has allowed a consolidation of authoritarian power in Hungary, as also elsewhere, which can take some odd forms.

The Guardian has the story:

Hungary prepares to end legal recognition of trans people
Trans people fear more discrimination as Orbán pushes through law defining gender based on ‘sex at birth’

"Hungary’s rightwing government looks likely to push through legislation that will end the legal recognition of trans people by defining gender as “biological sex based on primary sex characteristics and chromosomes” and thus making it impossible for people to legally change their gender.
"“In Hungary, you need to show your ID to rent a bike, buy a bus pass or to pick up a package at the post office. It basically means coming out as trans to complete strangers, all the time. The good version is they are nice about it, but there are situations where people turn quite hostile,” said Ivett Ördög, a 39-year-old trans woman living in Budapest."

Here's the background story:
Hungary seeks to end legal recognition of trans people amid Covid-19 crisis

"The Council of Europe’s commissioner for human rights, Dunja Mijatović, called on Hungary’s parliament not to adopt the law, and said the measure was in contravention of human rights standards and the case law of the European court of human rights."

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