Polish campaigners fear renewed homophobic violence

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07/26/2019

Polish LGBT groups are holding solidarity marches and events in 30 cities on Saturday to protest growing hate speech and violence against their community. Meanwhile a leading Polish magazine could face a fine for ignoring an injunction to halt distribution of an “LGBT-free zone” sticker with its latest edition. The injunction against Gazeta Polska’s weekly edition was issued on Thursday in Warsaw district court to Bartosz Staszewski, a campaigner for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual rights. He complained the sticker – a crossed-out rainbow symbol – infringed his personal rights as a gay man and is part of a wider campaign – supported by the government and the Catholic Church – to demonise the LGBT community. “These stickers remind me of the worst things I read in the history books against Jews in the 1930s,” he said.

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