Hungarian Cab Min Comes Out
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff
Posted: July 6, 2007 - 11:00 am ET
(Budapest) Gabor Szetey has become the first
Hungarian cabinet minister to announce he is gay. Szetey, a member the
Socialist Party used a speech opening an LGBT film festival to make his
"My name is Gabor Szetey.
I am the personnel state secretary of the government of the Republic of
Hungary. I believe in God, love, freedom and equality. I am Hungarian and
European. I am an economist and a personnel leader. I am a partner, a friend,
sometimes an opponent. And I am gay," he said.
The declaration comes as Budapest prepares to
celebrate gay pride this weekend.
Szetey said that he hoped his coming out would
encourage other Hungarian gays to follow. The 38-year old said that it
took him 28 years to come to terms with his homosexuality.
He is the second politician to come out in
Hungary. The first was Klara Ungar, a member of the liberal SZDSZ party.
Szetey was joined on stage as he made the
announcement by Dr. Klara Dobrev, the wife of Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany
and four other cabinet ministers.
Gyurcsany leads a coalition government that
includes the SZDSZ and Szetey's coming out will likely add pressure to SZDSZ
calls for same-sex couples to have all of the rights of marriage.
The small partner in the coalition has the
support of several opposition parties. And although Gyurcsany has given
his personal support to the draft legislation his Socialist Party is deeply
The bill is similar to Britain's civil
partnerships. Although it would grant all of the rights and
responsibilities of marriage it would not allow same-sex couples to use the
The opposition Christian Democratic
People's Party opposes the bill.