- It can be seen as part of a larger pattern where LGBTQ people are targets for attacks as part of the government's right-wing nationalist agenda, says Emil Edenborg who is a researcher at the Foreign Policy Institute and specializes in right-wing nationalism and LGBTQ issues.
The book Sagolandet is for everyone contains, among other things, a story about a hind who wants to be a deer and a poem about a prince who marries another prince.
The authors behind the book say that the purpose is to teach children to be respectful of everyone, regardless of background.
There is also a variant of Snow White where she is dark-skinned instead of light-skinned, as she is usually portrayed.
Requires warning text on the cover
But the message of inclusion and tolerance is not tolerated by the Hungarian government.
The book caused a stir as early as the autumn of 2020 when it was published, and a Hungarian parliamentarian ran the book through a shredder.
Through an authority that corresponds to the Swedish Consumer Agency but is now controlled by the government, politicians now demand a warning text on the cover.
- The book is sold as a storybook, called it on the cover and is designed as such, but hides the fact that it depicts behaviors that are incompatible with traditional gender roles, the government says in a statement.
Behind the anthology is the LGBTQ organization Labrisz.
Together with another LGBTQ activist group, Hatter, they now intend to sue the government for the requirement for a warning text, which they believe is discriminatory.
Why is the Hungarian government fighting against children's books? Listen to researcher Emil Edenborg's analysis in the video.
Why is the Hungarian government fighting against children's books?
Listen to researcher Emil Edenborg's analysis in the video.