Euro 2020: Proposal to illuminate Munich arena in LGBT+ colors for visit of Hungary

Ahead of Germany’s third Euro 2020 group game against Hungary in Munich on Wednesday, city councilors in the Bavarian capital have put forward a motion to have the arena illuminated in rainbow colors. “[Munich] supports diversity, tolerance and genuine equality in sport and in society,” reads the joint motion from all six factions on Munich’s city council, addressed to Munich mayor Dieter Reiter. “On the occasion of the match between Germany and Hungary, the council wishes to send a visible message of solidarity to the LGBT community in Hungary which is suffering under recent legislation passed by the Hungarian government.” On June 15, the Hungarian parliament voted 157-1 in favor of new legislation which outlaws the sharing of information that is considered to promote homosexuality or non-binary gender identities among under-18s. “This law represents a new nadir in the disenfranchisement of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people, the latest in a series of measures over the years which constitute a systematic restriction of the rule of law and basic freedoms in Hungary,” read the motion from the Munich councilors. It also said the new Hungarian law contravened the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights, the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child, the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights and the aims of the EU Commission’s strategy on LGBTIQ equality. “In this situation, so soon after the passing of this legislation, the German national team’s fixture against Hungary offers a public platform on which to send the message that Munich stands for a diverse and tolerant society,” concluded the motion. “Sport, and football in particular, also stands for these values.”