Hungarian Anti-LGBT Minister To Hold Conference In US Senate

The Hungarian Minister of State for Family and International Affairs Katalin Novak will be speaking during a conference organised by the Hungarian Embassy in the US Senate. Novak has taken up a leadership role in the international pro-family movement in recent years as an important actor within organisations like the World Congress of Families and the Political Network For Values. Recent research by Rémy Bonny revealed close connections between Novak and the Russian intelligence organisation RISI, the same institute that is accused of interfering in the US Presidential Elections. 

On March 14 the Hungarian embassy hosted an event with Katalin Novak, who also serves as the vice-president of the ruling party in Hungary (Fidesz), called ‘Make Families Great Again’. According to the Embassy’s website: “In her keynote address, Mrs. Katalin Novák, Hungarian Minister of State for Family and Youth Affairs, presented the Hungarian Seven-Point Family Protection Action Plan, a new set of pioneering policies that are re-shaping culture, family demographics and the future of Hungary. Participants included civil society leaders from C-FAM, the Family Research Council, the Concerned Women for America, the Family Watch International, public policy leaders from the White House and the U.S. HHS, and elected and appointed officials of the Administration.”

Katalin Novak was approached by many Russian individuals close to intelligence operations.

The atmosphere after the event seemed good enough to organize a successor. 

LGBTI-Politics in Eastern Europe Expert Rémy Bonny: “Hungary is trying to take up a global leadership role in the pro-family movement. The attempted close connections between Novak and US political representatives entails a national security threat for the USA. Novak is in direct contact with officials from the same Russian institutions that have been accused of drawing the plans for interference in the last US Presidential Elections. In Hungary, she has led a anti-LGBTI policy for several years. The Hungarian government constitutionally banned same-sex marriage in 2011.


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