Czech President Miloš Zeman has sparked outrage with negative comments about transgender people. He sharply criticized gender reassignment surgeries and an LGBT festival in Prague planned for early August in an interview with CNN Prima News. The conversation also dealt with the controversial anti-LGBTQ law in Hungary.
Anyone who had a sex reassignment operation committed “the crime of self-mutilation,” said Zeman. “Every medical intervention is a risk – and I really hate these transgender people from the bottom of my heart,” said the 76-year-old. He thinks transgender people are “really disgusting,” the president said.
Transgender means that one’s own gender does not match one’s physical characteristics. Representatives of the LGBTQ community – the acronym stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people – accused Zeman of spreading hatred. Comments like his would have a negative impact on the mental health of LGBT people.
Last week, an anti-LGBTQ law introduced by the Hungarian government led by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán was criticized across Europe. The law against “advertising” for homosexuality was passed by the Hungarian parliament last week. Educational programs on homosexuality or advertising by large companies that express solidarity with homosexuals are therefore prohibited, as are educational books on the subject. The official goal is the protection of minors.
Parliamentary elections will take place in the Czech Republic at the beginning of October. Zeman announced that he would personally vote for the populist ANO (Czech for “yes”) from Prime Minister Andrej Babiš. Current polls predict a head-to-head race with the liberal Pirate Party, which is committed to free choice of gender identity, among other things.
Zeman railed against LGBT festival in Prague
About the LGBT festival “Prague Pride”, which takes place from August 2nd to 8th this year, Zeman said: “If I were a little younger, I would organize a huge demonstration of heterosexuals in Prague, (…) um to show everyone how pointless it is. “