Stars at MTV European Music Awards in Budapest make stand with LGBTQ+ community

Stars at MTV European Music Awards in Budapest make stand with LGBTQ+ community

The laws prohibiting positive representations of LGBTQ+ people and relationships in Hungary have been condemned far and wide but MTV decided to go ahead with the European Music Awards in Budapest anyway, but vowed to make it as inclusive as ever in protest. 


Earlier this year footballers wore rainbow arm bands when the played matches in Hungary and the EU are at loggerheads with the country their voices raised in unison against the laws which ridiculously were passed under the guise that they were to ‘protect children’.


Stars that performed or appeared at the awards fell over themselves to make sure their support for the LGBTQ+ community was well known. Rapper Saweetie said when presenting an award the importance of ‘respect for the LGBTQ community’.


Kim Petras also became the first trans person to ever perform at the awards saying “I’m transgender and performing at the EMAs. It’s going to be pretty powerful to be in Hungary and perform the show when these laws have just happened.”


Petras also said on the red carpet: “censorship of any kind of love sucks. It’s not good. No one should feel, you know, not represented in media. No one should feel like it’s not okay to be who they are.”


Lil Nas X won the best video category for Montero (Call Me By Your Name) and Hollywood royalty Barrymore honoured the winners of the “Generation Change Award,” which is a new category honouring five activists fighting against anti-LGBTQ policies worldwide.


Barrymore said: “I am proud to help elevate these young voices. They are all gravely asking to love who they want and to love who they are.” The winners were LGBTQ activists from Iraq, Nigeria, Brazil, the United States and Hungary.