Tag Archive | Poland

OPINION: Andrzej Duda’s election victory is a license for homophobia

OPINION: Andrzej Duda’s election victory is a license for homophobia

By Bartosz Stasewski, an LGBT+ activist with the Love Does Not Exclude campaign, based in Warsaw, Poland. He is also a board member of Lublin Equality Pride Association. The incumbent Andrzej Duda has won Poland’s presidential election by 2%, according to official results on Monday morning, when almost all votes had been counted. His victory is a failure […]

Pandemic? Recession? In Polish vote, gay rights in focus again

Pandemic? Recession? In Polish vote, gay rights in focus again

(Reuters) – Sixty-year-old Marzenna Latawiec is determined to brave the risk of coronavirus, and vote in Poland’s presidential election on Sunday, but it’s not the pandemic or the country’s first economic recession in three decades that is firing her up. The mother of two gay sons, from Warsaw, wants to turn what she sees as […]

Poles run for LGBT equality ahead of presidential vote

Poles run for LGBT equality ahead of presidential vote

(Reuters) – Around a hundred Poles took part in an ‘Equality Run’ on Saturday, condemning discrimination against the LGBT community, during a presidential election campaign where gay rights have provoked fierce debate. The run took place as a number of anti-government protests from groups, including LGBT rights protestors and feminists, took place in Warsaw.

Poland: Jewish leaders deplore stigmatisation of LGBT people

Poland: Jewish leaders deplore stigmatisation of LGBT people

(Reuters) – Jewish community leaders in Warsaw on Tuesday voiced their opposition to the “dehumanising” language they say is being used against LGBT people in Poland’s presidential election campaign. Gay rights have been thrust into the spotlight during the campaign for the June 28 election. President Andrzej Duda, an ally of the right-wing ruling Law […]

Poland: Gay stars of banned ad see no let-up in Poland’s LGBT rights clampdown

Poland: Gay stars of banned ad see no let-up in Poland’s LGBT rights clampdown

(Reuters) – For Jakub Kwiecinski, a ban by Poland’s public broadcaster on a condom advert, featuring him and his husband, has come as no surprise, but it does make him uneasy about what targets a government clampdown on LGBT rights will pick on next. The advert features both gay and straight couples, and broadcaster, TVP, […]

Poland: President says he would ban LGBT teaching in schools

Poland: President says he would ban LGBT teaching in schools

(Reuters) – President Andrzej Duda vowed on Wednesday to ban teaching about LGBT issues in Poland’s schools, in an apparent pitch to his conservative base during an increasingly tight race for the June 28 presidential election. Duda is an ally of the ruling right-wing nationalist Law and Justice Party (PiS), which brands LGBT ‘ideology’ as […]

Poland: Gay couple fights prejudice/coronavirus with rainbow masks

Poland: Gay couple fights prejudice/coronavirus with rainbow masks

(Reuters) – Married gay couple, Dawid Mycek and Jakub Kwiecinski, say they face frequent abuse in Poland for being part of a so-called “homosexual plague.” “So we thought that if we are dealing right now with a real plague (the new coronavirus) we could help protect people from this plague and do something good,” said […]

Poland: LGBT activists protest against Catholic archbishop

Poland: LGBT activists protest against Catholic archbishop

(Reuters) – Several dozen activists protested in front of a Warsaw church, guarded by police on Sunday, as a Catholic archbishop, criticised for his anti-LGBT language, celebrated mass. Last year, in a sermon, Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski said Poland was under siege from a “rainbow plague” of gay rights campaigners, whom he compared to Poland’s former […]

Poland: Activist aims to shame anti-LGBT towns

Poland: Activist aims to shame anti-LGBT towns

(Reuters) – An activist has begun photographing members of Poland’s LGBT community next to a fake ‘LGBT-free zone’ sign, outside towns that passed motions rejecting what they call ‘LGBT ideology’, or defending traditional family values. Bartosz Staszewski, a 29-year-old filmmaker, has taken portraits of five people so far, and plans another 32, which would target […]

Poland: Police protect LGBT marchers as tensions rise before election

Poland: Police protect LGBT marchers as tensions rise before election

(Reuters) – Polish anti-LGBT protesters clashed with riot police in the south-eastern city of Lublin on Saturday, just before a gay pride march that has highlighted increased social tensions in the devoutly Catholic nation ahead of an election next month. Nobody was hurt in the clashes, but police said they had detained at least 30 […]