Homophobia gains power in Europe after EU Parliament Elections
It has been a gloomy Sunday for Europe and its LGBT citizens with nationalists and neo-Nazis scoring high in EU Parliament elections.
From France to Hungary, far-right parties of Eurosceptics united in anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic and antigay rhetoric celebrated historical advances.
Far-right National Front caused political ‘earthquake’ in France by coming first with 25per cent of the votes. Party’s leader, Marine Le Pen, demanded to dissolve the French parliament that voted in equal marriage last year. National Front is commonly referred to as homophobic, with gay party members forced into closet. Last year Le Pen paid tribute to French historic and writer who shot himself dead in Notre Dame Cathedral protesting legalization of the same sex marriage. She twitted: “All respect to Dominique Venner whose final, eminently political act was to try to wake up the people of France.”
In Austria, far-right Freedom Party progressed to 20 per cent of the votes. The party opposes same-sex marriage and its leader openly ridiculed Austria’s Eurovision winner bearded drag diva Conchita Wurst.
In Germany, neo-Nazi National Democratic party scored its first seat in euro parliament with elected MEP Udo Voigt, son of Nazi SA member, who praises Hitler as ‘a great statesman’.
New Italian MEP Mario Borhezio from Casa Pound party became famous last year when he produced a fennel bulb during a parliamentary debate on gay rights. In Italian, fennel is a derogatory term for gay men. His fellow MEP from Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party, Alessandra Mussolini (grand-daughter of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini) is known for responding to a claim by the transgender politician Vladimir Luxuria that she was a ‘fascist’ with “It’s better to be a fascist than a faggot”.
In Greece, Neo Nazi Golden Dawn party came third in the election. The party is known for the series of attacks on gay people. Its campaign of violence and intimidation against Greece gay community commenced by forced closure of LGBT play ‘Corpus Christi’ when Golden Dawn’s MPs physically assaulting journalists and spectators.
In Denmark, far-right People’s Party has won elections; doubling up its number of MEPs. The party called for EU to stop supporting LGBT organizations like ILGA earlier this year.
In Hungary, ultra-right Jobbik Party has won the election. Its leader Gabor Vona was known for calling Out Games in Budapest as ‘the end of the world’ and praising Putin for his crackdown on homosexuals in Russia. Jobbik had its own anti-gay law introduced in Hungarian Parliament seeking three years imprisonment for spreading ‘gay propaganda’.
In the UK, right wing UKIP party celebrates historical win. UKIP opposed same sex marriage with its leader Nigel Farage comparing it to ‘opening a can of worms’. The party features a range of homophobic politicians. Reelected MEP from Newark Roger Helmer compared equal marriage with incest, called to allow psychiatrists to ‘turn’ homosexuals straight and claimed homophobia actually did not exist. Elected last week UKIP’s Councillor Dave Small called gays ‘disgusting puffs’ while another UKIP member John Sullivan discussed on his Facebook how physical exercise can prevent children from turning gay and suggested to ‘shoot one poofter’.