Transgender people are disgusting – Czech President

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Milos Zeman, the President of Czech Republic, has called transgender people disgusting.

His comments come as some cities around the world celebrated Pride with parades and marches.

Zeman said this on Sunday in Prague, during a discussion with CNN Prima News on a controversial new law in Hungary.

The Hungarian law bans all educational materials and programs for children that are considered to promote homosexuality, gender reassignment and the concept of sexuality deviating from the one assigned to a person at birth.

The law has been fiercely criticized by other members of the European Union.

Zeman, while describing EU’s reaction as a gross political mistake and interference in the internal affairs of a member country, he defended Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, saying, “I do not see a reason not to agree with him.”

He later added: “I can understand gays, lesbians and so on. But do you know who I do not understand at all? These transgender people.”

Zeman described transgender people as “intrinsically disgusting to me.”

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who denounced the bill last week, said it was discriminatory and “it goes against all the values, the fundamental values of the European Union, and this is human dignity, it is equality, and is the human fundamental rights.”

Zeman’s comments came as several cities around the world celebrated Pride with parades and marches aimed at gaining visibility for the LGBTQ community and marking the 1969 Stonewall riots.

Prague’s Pride festival is planned for the first week of August.

According to ILGA-Europe, an advocacy group, local rights activists fear the Czech Republic could follow in the path of increasingly illiberal neighbors Hungary and Poland. Passage of a marriage equality law has repeatedly stalled in the country, and according to a December 2020 report by the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance, Czech citizens are required to undergo gender reassignment and sterilization as a condition of officially transitioning.

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