Czech President Miloš Zeman shocked the world on CNN Prima NEWS Party Sunday calling transgender people “intrinsically disgusting.” He went on to say that if he was younger, he would hold a giant demonstration of heterosexuals in Prague, which he said would be attended by millions of people.
“I can understand gays, lesbians and so on. But do you know who I don’t understand at all? These are the transgender people, “Zeman said. According to the president, if someone has his gender changed operatively, he “commits the crime of self-harm.” “Every operation is a risk. And these transgender people are really intrinsically disgusting to me, “Zeman said.
Zeman said this while talking about Hungary’s new Russian-style gay propaganda law that has prompted calls for Hungary’s expulsion from the EU.
TGEU Executive Director Masen Davis: "This law effectively prohibits positive public discourse on trans and LGB issues in Hungary. It is another full frontal attack on the human rights and dignity of the LGBTI community in Hungary as well on freedom of speech."
— TGEU (@TGEUorg) June 15, 2021
On June 15, the Hungary trans advocacy group Transvanilla condemed the law.
“Transvanilla condemns the legislation passed by the Hungarian Parliament yesterday that restricts children’s right to sexual health, sexual health education, freedom of expression and information, and discriminates against many children and their families living in the country.”
“The law prohibits products, advertisements, and media content available to anyone under 18 which represents an identity not corresponding to the sex at birth, gender reassignment, or homosexuality. In addition, it prohibits the coverage of LGBTQI people in social advertisements, as well as all LGBTQI-themed educational programs that mention gay or trans people in connection with the diversity of sexual orientations or gender identities.”
“The legal regulation is not compatible with those international human rights treaties the Hungarian State has joined.. Furthermore, it is of serious concern that the regulations adopted in a few days time without professional and social consultation prohibit and sanction all dialogues on sexual and gender diversity in general and in broad terms. This will allow the Government to interpret and apply these rules in accordance with its current interests in the future.”
Zeman said interference in the internal affairs of any EU member country is a gross political mistake, and he defended Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. “I do not see a reason not to agree with him,” Zeman said.
He later added: “I can understand gays, lesbians and so on. But do you know who I do not understand at all? These transgender people.” Zeman described transgender people as “intrinsically disgusting to me.”