Anyone who doubts that bigfoot local journalist/author Adam LeBor isn’t fair-minded in his coverage of Hungary should consider this: At least twice this week he urged me to make mention of the fact that the government’s official portal kormany.hu featured an upbeat piece about last weekend’s gay pride parade, which was put out in the name of the Prime Minister’s Office, and which claimed that “LGBTI community is ranked highest in Hungary among all neighbouring countries.” (In case you are wondering, the acronym “LGBTI” is apparently a more inclusive version of the better-known LGBT, as it adds “intersex” to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered.) His reasoning was that it was only fair to mention this in light of the negative publicity surrounding the government’s handling of the parade. Fair enough!
Only one problem: The item seems to only appear on the English-language version of the PMO’s news feed, and not on the Hungarian one. As for why Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his team want the outside world to know of their gay-friendly bona fides but not Hungarians, your guess is as good as mine. Maybe they are waiting for Wikipedia to come up with a proper Hungarian translation for “intersex” so Orbán can explain to his voters why he’s okay with it.