Poland: LGBT+ battlefield, sane vs insane

July 30, 2019

Recent events and not so recent developments in Poland have sparked a full blown witch hunt and madness of insane hatred towards LGBT+ community in Poland.

 

Please read The Guardian's article The struggle for LGBT equality: Pride meets prejudice in Poland

Rammstein as a strong ally to the LGBT+ community raised rainbow flag during their concert in Warsaw, following the events in Bialystok.


Also, in support to LGBT+ community in Poland we will publish the text sent to us by our friends from Bears of Poland, Bartek Tusiewski and Andrzej Linowski
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“I haven’t seen such an aggression towards LGBT people yet” stated Julia Maciocha, the chairwoman of the Equality Parade, which on July 20, 2019 for the first time came through the city of Bialystok in the north-east Poland. “They throw at us pieces of pizza, they beat us with rosaries, they emptied trash bins on us! They were drunk and stoned and they protect themselves against police squads with their kids in babies carriages. They came to kill us! If only they had a plan of action, we would not come back to Warsaw. Anyway, the police had to assist us on the train back”.

 

Bialystok Equality March participants reported that they felt like Jews under Nazi occupation in Poland. They were humiliated, cursed and beaten the same way, however comparison of their fate to annihilation of 3 million Polish Jews during Second World War by Nazis cannot be accepted.

 

Still, it is unbelievable that 80 years after WWII the same social mechanism are still in use. The same populism causes fascism to be born again. Its origins are not only in politics, but also in social institution claiming mercy – the Catholic Church in Poland.

 

For propaganda purposes attack against LGBT community has been turned into attack against “LGBT ideology”. It has been executed in unison by politicians of the ruling party together with bishops and priests of the Catholic Church, which dominates in Poland. In social media carrying official, lukewarm messages of Catholic hierarchy, the obscene and contemptuous comments of local priests about us are added below. They call to get rid of gays and lesbians. And it did happen in Bialystok, fortunately without fatal victims.

 

There is more than this: pro-government weekly readers get "LGBT Free Zone" stickers. We respond distributing “Hate Free Zone” stickers, but the hatred is being intensified, unfortunately. Right wing NGO “Ordo Juris” have sent to all LGBT NGOs requirement to disclose all their financial records. “Ordo Juris” sources of financing are not public, though. 

 

Are these the coincident? No, they are not. We are facing well designed propaganda offensive before October 2019 parliamentary elections in Poland. LGBT people were picked up in it as the prime target of hate. We are given the role of refugees, who in 2015, during previous elections, were “the monsters on call”, supposedly flooding the country. They flood only through government TV screens, because in reality there were almost none; the government refused to accept any of them.

 

The fate of LGBT people in Poland is bad and it is going to be worse. Non-heteronormative people are not entitled to marry or have registered partnership; we cannot adopt children, do not get information about our partners’ health; we cannot even bury him or her!

 

We are fighting for our rights and we will be doing it in the future, but it may be a losing game. Therefore we need your attention, your anger and action in all places in the world where our right to love means more than priests’ words or politicians hypocrisy.  Please, respond to our cry for help, as long as we can cry!

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