Poland’s LGBT community feels fear and anger after election

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07/14/2020

Members of Poland’s LGBT community say they are angry and afraid after President Andrzej Duda won re-election in a divisive campaign that cast their movement for equal rights as a dangerous “ideology” that threatens families in the deeply Roman Catholic country. Some activists say the homophobic rhetoric that emerged echoes policies in Russia under President Vladimir Putin, who signed a law in 2013 banning gay “propaganda” and where the constitution now bans same-sex marriage. They worry that Polish authorities are moving the country in that direction, and some already have left, fearing further discrimination. Others are vowing to stay and fight even harder for LGBT rights. “There’s always a price for this kind of narrative, and it’s not the politicians who are paying the price. It is us,” said Hubert Sobecki, head of Love Does Not Exclude, a Warsaw-based LGBT rights group. He said some have been driven to suicide, including students who were bullied at school.

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