Polish LGBTQ activists refuse to be silenced by lawsuits

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07/19/2021

Our family charters are not against any group,” Nikodem Bernaciak told DW from the offices of the Ordo Iuris Institute in Warsaw. On July 20, in Ostroleka, this conservative legal organization is to open the first of at least six lawsuits against four LGBTQ activists. The lawsuit accuses the founders of The Atlas of Hate website of slander for falsely accusing municipalities of LGBTQ discrimination over their so-called Family Rights Charters. “There is not a single word about LGBT people in the charter, and the acronym does not even appear,” Bernaciak argues. The four people facing trial are Kuba Gawron, Kamil Maczuga, Paulina Pajak and Pawel Preneta. They founded The Atlas of Hate in 2019 after local Polish municipalities began adopting anti-LGBTQ resolutions. The website displays the 92 local municipalities, covering roughly 31% of the country, that have passed either “LGBT-free ideology zone” resolutions or adopted Family Rights Charters written by the Ordo Iuris Institute.

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