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Children's book publisher to challenge gov't resolution

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Publisher Labrisz Lesbian Association yesterday said it will contest a government office resolution concerning its volume "Wonderland is for Everyone "in court, according to mandiner.hu.

On Tuesday, the Budapest Metropolitan Government Office said the volume was sold as a book of fairytales, as suggested by its title and its cover illustration, but there was no indication that the stories depict patterns of behavior that are different from traditional gender roles.

It established unfair trade practices and instructed Labrisz to provide complete information on the book to comply with consumer protection rules. Labrisz said the decision would "stigmatize" the volume and argued the measure amounts to negative discrimination which is prohibited under the constitution. It added that the government office had not defined the "traditional gender roles" from which the patterns of behavior of characters in the story were different. Labrisz published "Wonderland is for Everyone" (Meseország mindenkié), which it calls "a volume of revised classic fairytales with characters of marginalized groups," in 2020.

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