The fight against Poland’s ‘LGBT free zones’

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03/21/2020

New laws are being passed across Poland taking aim at the LGBT community. They’ve been called “LGBT free zones” as a shorthand. While they don’t necessarily mean that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are being thrown into prison, they are having a chilling effect on the community. The laws have contributed to a more general climate of conflict and fear. In 2019, violence broke out at several equality marches after far-right groups held counter-demonstrations. After one such clash, LGBT activists fought back with a hashtag campaign – which led to more protests on the streets. We meet the activists who are rallying support and the counter-demonstrators who organise against them. And we find out whether young LGBT people in Poland are planning to leave the country – or stay put.

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