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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 […]

Poland: Lublin Pride parade to go ahead Saturday despite protests

Poland: Lublin Pride parade to go ahead Saturday despite protests

(Reuters) – Alicja Sienkiewicz was attending a gay pride event in the Polish city of Bialystok in July, when a group of young men shouting expletives surrounded her wheelchair and hurled firecrackers. The 18-year-old student and gay-rights activist said she witnessed the group beating and kicking some parade participants, and hurling homophobic insults, prompting police […]

Poland: Kaczynski condemns gay pride marches as election nears

Poland: Kaczynski condemns gay pride marches as election nears

(Reuters) – Poland must resist the “travelling theatre” of gay pride marches, the leader of its conservative ruling party said on Sunday, as the staunchly Roman Catholic country gears up for a parliamentary election on October 13. Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has used LGBT rights as a key campaign issue, depicting them […]

Poland: Police presence strong at Pride march in wake of violence

Poland: Police presence strong at Pride march in wake of violence

More than 1000 people took part in a pride parade in the central Polish city of Plock protected by a cordon of armed police as LGBT rights became a hot button issue in Catholic Poland ahead of a parliamentary election in October. Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has made hostility to gays a […]

Poland: State firms’ ad spend attacks gay rights, research shows

Poland: State firms’ ad spend attacks gay rights, research shows

(Reuters) – State companies in Poland have [increased] their spending on advertising via news magazines that attack gay rights, since the nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party came to power in 2015, market research data shows. In the run-up to a parliamentary elections expected in October, LGBT people’s rights have become a hot issue, with […]

Liberals fear unrest as Poland Catholic Church doubles down on anti-gay rhetoric

Liberals fear unrest as Poland Catholic Church doubles down on anti-gay rhetoric

(Reuters) – Poland’s Catholic Church has doubled down on the anti-gay rhetoric that has become the nationalist ruling party’s dominant theme in recent weeks, drawing a rebuke from liberal politicians who compared an archbishop’s remarks to incitement to genocide. In a sermon given to mark the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw uprising by Polish resistance […]

Poland: ‘I am LGBT’ campaign attracts tens of thousands of Twitter supporters

Poland: ‘I am LGBT’ campaign attracts tens of thousands of Twitter supporters

(Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Twitter users have expressed support for gay rights in Poland as part of the #jestemLGBT campaign, aimed at fighting discrimination and homophobia in a country where the ruling party is strongly socially conservative. The #jestemLGBT (I am LGBT) campaign, was launched earlier this week by Twitter users. Poland’s ruling […]