US Ambassador Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis presented an Active Citizenship award to the “Hatter” Support Society for Gays and Lesbians in Hungary on Monday in recognition of their anti-discrimination efforts.
Kounalakis said at the awards ceremony that President Barack Obama had declared June Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. She added that the Active Citizenship award was granted to the organisation because it had done much for the community.
Hatter is one of the longest-standing LGBT organisations in Hungary which also supports other organisations and helps the development of LGBT organisations outside Budapest, she added.
Hatter operates a telephone support line, offers legal help to LGBT groups, maintains an HIV/AIDS information line and carries out studies and research into trans-gender health issues. It has been involved in consultations between the Hungarian government and civil society about LGBT issues.
The US Embassy in Hungary launched an initiative to recognise active citizenship in January 2012 to recognise citizens and organisations that are working to make a difference in their communities.