Here’s Who Drives the Anti-LGBTQ Agenda in Poland Elections


The final round of Poland’s presidential election held Sunday was dominated by incumbent President Andrzej Duda’s efforts to mobilize voters against the country’s LGBTQ people. It was a very ugly campaign, with the groundwork carefully laid. Hubert Sobecki, who has been an activist for LGBTQ rights in Poland for more than a decade, says, “I have never seen anything like the harassment of the past one and a half years.” In Poland, as in many countries, there also is a pronounced and often bitter divide between urban and rural voters, and it is in the smaller cities and towns that Duda has found the strongest support for his anti-LGBTQ message. The “pro-family” way, as it is pitched, is helped as well by his party’s popular program giving the equivalent of $125 a month to traditional families for each child under 18 years of age.

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