Lewis Hamilton has spoken out against discriminatory new legislation introduced by the Hungarian government, ahead of this weekend’s race in the country.
The Hungarian parliament last month approved a law which bans gay people from appearing in television programmes or educational material aimed at those under the age of 18.
“To all in this beautiful country Hungary,” Hamilton wrote. “Ahead of the grand prix this weekend, I want to share my support for those affected by the governments’ anti-LGBTQ+ law.
“It is unacceptable, cowardly and misguiding for those in power suggest such a law. Everyone deserves to have the freedom to be themselves, no matter who they love or how they identify.”
Hungary’s far-right prime minister Viktor Orban announced plans for a referendum on his plans to censor LGBTQ+ education, which he refers to as “child protection”. Hamilton called on his Hungarian supporters to participate in the vote to defends LGBTQ+ rights in the country.
“I urge the people of Hungary to vote in the upcoming referendum to protect the rights of the LGBTQ+ community, they need our support more than ever,” he continued. “Please show love for those around you because love will always win. Sending you positivity.”
Last month football organisation UEFA forbade Munich city council from displaying the colours of the gay pride flag on its stadium ahead of a match between Germany and Hungary, a decision which was criticised by Sebastian Vettel.
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