Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✔ Civil unions (marriage rights)
    Censorship
    ✖ Fine as punishment
    Changing Gender
    ✖ Illegal
    Gender-Affirming Care
    ✖ Legal, but restricted for minors
    Non-Binary Gender Recognition
    ✖ Not legally recognized
    Discrimination
    ✔ Illegal
    Employment Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
    Housing Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
    Adoption
    ✖ Single only
    Intersex Infant Surgery
    ✖ Not banned
    Military
    ✔ Legal
    Donating Blood
    ✔ Legal
    Conversion Therapy
    ✖ Not banned
    Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
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Recent studies in Hungary show a discernible level of opposition to LGBTQ+ rights among the population.

Perception of LGBTQ+ People

Survey results from 7 LGBTQ+ Equaldex users who lived in or visited Hungary.

Overall

Overall

Perceived Safety*

Feel safe being open
Absence of verbal harassment
Absence of threats and violence
*Survey results represent personal perceptions of safety and may not be indicative of current actual conditions.

Equal Treatment

Treatment by peers
Treatment by family
Treatment at work
Treatment at school
Treatment by general public
Treatment by businesses
Treatment by law enforcement
Treatment by religious groups

Visibility & Representation

Inclusion in education
Representation in entertainment
Representation in news
Political support
Out public figures

Culture

Pride/events
Nightlife
Dating life
Interest groups and clubs

Services

Health and wellness
Gender-affirming care
Support and social services
Advocacy and legal

History

Homosexual activity in Hungary

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Homosexual activity in Hungary is legal.

Current status
Since Dec 15, 1961
Legal
Homosexual activity was decriminalised in Hungary in 1961.
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Same-sex marriage in Hungary

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Same-sex marriage in Hungary is civil unions (marriage rights).

Current status
Since Jul 1, 2009
Civil unions (marriage rights)
Hungary has an alternative to same-sex marriage which is known as bejegyzett élettársi kapcsolat. Registered partners are entitled to the same inheritance and property rights, widow's pension, tax benefits, social benefits, and immigration and naturalization rights as married spouses, but they don’t get to pick their partner's surname. Since 2012, the Constitution of Hungary has defined marriage as a union exclusively between a man and woman; effectively prohibiting LGBT marriages.
1996–Jun 30, 2009
Unregistered cohabitation
Unregistered cohabitation confers limited rights to unmarried couples.
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Censorship of LGBT issues in Hungary

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Censorship of LGBT issues in Hungary is fine as punishment.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 2021
Fine as punishment
The government has passed laws banning LGBTQ+ topics from schools.

It also made stores wrap books with LGBTQ+ content in them in a wrapper.

By law there cannot be any LGBTQ+ content containing books near 200 meters of schools or churches. This law has been enforced before.
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Jan 1, 2020–Dec 31, 2020
Ambiguous
While there is legislation in Hungary that calls for LGBTQ+ censorship in schools, it’s unenforced and Ignored by the Hungarian Populace. No one has been fined from this lore as of now
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Right to change legal gender in Hungary

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Right to change legal gender in Hungary is illegal.

Current status
Since May 28, 2020
Illegal
On International Transgender Day of Visibility 2020 Hungary's parliament submitted a bill to amend the definition of sex to match sex at birth, making it impossible for individuals to change their legal gender.

On January 31st 2023, the Constitutional Court of Hungary issued a ruling that will continue to block new applications from transgender people for legal gender recognition.
Aug 14, 1982–May 28, 2020
Legal, but requires surgery
It is legal for individuals to change their legal gender without having to go through gender reassignment surgery.
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Gender-affirming care in Hungary

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Gender-affirming care in Hungary is legal, but restricted for minors.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 2020
Legal, but restricted for minors
Despite no concrete laws targeting gender affirming care, due to other anti-LGBT laws, the limited availability of gender affirming care for minors, a complete ban on surgeries for minors and generally conservative attitudes it is restricted for minors.

Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Hungary

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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Hungary is not legally recognized.

Current status
Not legally recognized
In 2020 the legal definition of "sex" has been redefined to "match sex at birth", making it impossible for trans and intersex individuals to update or change their legal gender.
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LGBT discrimination in Hungary

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LGBT discrimination in Hungary is illegal.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 1998
Illegal
There are several provision that bans discrimination against the basis of sexual orientations and gender identities. A court ruling has also stated that the general anti-discrimination law in the constitution extends its coverage to sexual orientation and gender identities as well.
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LGBT employment discrimination in Hungary

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LGBT employment discrimination in Hungary is sexual orientation and gender identity.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 1998
Sexual orientation and gender identity
Discrimination is illegal for both sexual orientation and gender identity.
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LGBT housing discrimination in Hungary

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LGBT housing discrimination in Hungary is sexual orientation and gender identity.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 1998
Sexual orientation and gender identity
Discrimination is illegal for both sexual orientation and gender identity
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Same-sex adoption in Hungary

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Same-sex adoption in Hungary is single only.

Current status
Since Dec 15, 2020
Single only
Although same-sex couples cannot adopt jointly, adoption by individuals is illegal regardless of sexual orientation or partnership status. Stepchild adoption is only available for married (different-sex) couples.
May 1, 20102020
Legal
Any individual can apodt regardless of thair marital status but prefecence has to be given to married couples. Joint adoption is available only for them.
Second parent adoption is available for married and cohabiting couples - regardless of gender - but not for registered (same sex) partners.

Same sex cohabiting couples's joint adoption has to be authorized by the Guardianship Office.
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Intersex infant surgery in Hungary

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Intersex infant surgery in Hungary is not banned.

Current status
Not banned
There is no official ban on unnecessary sex reassignment operations in infants in Hungary.
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Serving openly in military in Hungary

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Serving openly in military in Hungary is legal.

Current status
Legal
No restrictions for trans people to serve in Hungary.
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Blood donations by MSMs in Hungary

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Blood donations by MSMs in Hungary is legal.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 2020
Legal
In 2020, the 12-month deferral period was scrapped completely, no restrictions have been placed since.
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Until Dec 31, 2019
Banned (1-year deferral)
Gay and bisexual men were allowed to donate blood following a 12-month deferral period.
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Conversion therapy in Hungary

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Conversion therapy in Hungary is not banned.

Current status
Not banned
No laws to ban conversion therapy. Though many Hungarians actively condemn it
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Equal age of consent in Hungary

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Equal age of consent in Hungary is equal.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 2002
Equal
Equal age of consent set at 14 since a Constitutional Court ruling in 2002.
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LGBT Rights by City of County Right

View the LGBT laws in each individual city of county right of Hungary.