AZ EGY BÁN GYA HOW TO PUT EQUALITY INTO PRACTICE? - MEK

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AZ EGY BÁN GYA HOW TO PUT EQUALITY INTO PRACTICE? - MEK

JUDIT TAKÁCS: How to put equality into practice?Hungary can be characterised by a lot of threats to cope with whenrealising one’s non-conventional sexual and/or gender identities.Therefore here the political concept of minority can be applied whentrying to create a more tolerant, identity threat free social environmentfor people with same-sex sexual desires and experiences, and/or nonconventionalgender expression, developing – sometimes changing orfluid – identities, based on these desires and experiences.Though minority is a term usually referring to ethnic or nationalminorities, it is recognised by LGBT and human rights activists thatcertain equal treatment opportunities and anti-discriminativeguarantees can be gained by applying the minority concept to gay,lesbian, transgender people and/or others characterised by sexual and/orgender non-conformity.However, using the minority concept can also have disadvantages:It does not only imply the acknowledgement of the relativepowerlessness of the social groups in question but it also has to operatewith fixed – identity – categories, as if anyone could come up with “thecorrect” definition of being gay, lesbian, transgender etc.In short, the use of the minority concept can reflect a practicalpolitical strategy towards gaining equal rights and – at least temporary –shelter from discrimination, but it naturally makes more sense in asocial context that can be characterised by pronounced inequalities,where there are still a lot of things to fight for.IV.2. A lot of things to fight for…In Hungary there are various levels at which LGBT people can findthemselves in a disadvantageous or discriminated situation that affectsthem specifically because of their LGBT status. At the individual levela typical case can be discrimination suffered by LGBT people at theworkplace, when one is fired or harassed because of one’s LGBT status;or in child custody cases when a parent’s sexual orientation can be usedto put him or her in a “bad light”.At the level of life as a couple there can also be several problems toovercome: when same-sex couples want to establish a certain level ofsecure family life, they must make extra efforts to cover various aspectsof married and family life including inheritance, pension, child custody,64

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