In a stunning show of solidarity, WarsawPride and KyivPride united for a single, joyous Pride parade. (WOJTEK RADWANSKI/AFP via Getty Images) In a stunning show of solidarity, Poland’s Warsaw Pride and Ukraine’s KyivPride united for a single, joyous Pride parade in Warsaw. On Saturday (25 June), thousands of glittery protesters flooded the streets of Poland’s capital
Polish president Andrzej Duda. (Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) A “disastrous” bill that will “punish” LGBT+ youth by curbing access to teaching on queer issues has been passed by Poland’s lower house of parliament. In yet another attempt by the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) to stoke hostility against LGBT+ people, lawmakers rammed
Participants holding placards supporting the LGBT+ community during Krakow Equality March, attended by over 5,000 people. (Alex Bona/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty) Poland has been ordered to pay compensation to a woman whose children were taken away because she is queer, Europe’s leading human rights court has ruled. Judges for the European Court of Human Rights
Far-right extremists clash with riot police at a Pride parade in Lublin, eastern Poland, in 2019. (Wojtek Radwanski/AFP/Getty) A leaked letter has revealed Poland’s plans to replace the Istanbul Convention on violence against women with an international treaty banning abortion and same-sex marriage. It’s understood that the Polish justice ministry is preparing an alternative treaty
The European Commission HQ lit with rainbow colours earlier this year (Jonathan Raa/NurPhoto/Getty) The EU has unveiled its first ever plan to tackle LGBT+ discrimination following increasing calls for action over the rise of homophobic rhetoric in Poland. The European Commission’s unprecedented five-year strategy details a number of targeted actions, including legal and funding measures,
The red area shows the municipalities in Poland that have signed the ‘LGBT-free’ pledge. (Atlas of Hate) In a narrow vote, councillors in Kraśnik, in eastern Poland, voted Tuesday (22 September) to keep their municipality an “LGBT-free zone” in an open challenge to the scores of European Union pressure to undo such patches of open
Former Vice President Joe Biden (Michael Brochstein / Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Joe Biden emphatically decried Poland’s “LGBT-free zones”, saying Monday morning (September 21) spaces birthed from hostility have “no place in the European Union or anywhere in the world”. The Democratic presidential nominee became the latest high-ranking official needled by the rise
MEPs dressed in the colours of the rainbow flags have urged the EU to take action to investigate fomenting of anti-LGBT extremism in Poland. (Supplied by Intergroup on LGBTI Rights) MEPs dressed in the colours of the rainbow flag have urged the EU to take action to investigate the fomenting of anti-LGBT+ extremism in Poland.
A Polish bishop dismissed fears that the Catholic church wants to force LGBT+ people into conversion therapy (Artur Widak/NurPhoto/ Getty) A Polish bishop has insisted it’s a “misconception” that the church wants to force LGBT+ people into conversion therapy, despite calling for the creation of conversion therapy clinics just days earlier. After a three-day Polish
Viktor Orbán speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the WWI Trianon-memorial (Attila Kisbenedeck/AFP/Getty) Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán has used an event commemorating the end of WWI as an opportunity to launch yet another barb at LGBT+ people. The far-right leader made the comments at a national event to inaugurate a monument commemorating the Treaty
Police officers remove LGBT+ activists from blocking the road to a police vehicle transporting detained queer-rights activist Margo in Warsaw, Poland. (JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images) A blanket of blue-uniformed police officers swept over the LGBT+ protesters, many crouched on the floor, in Warsaw, Poland, Friday (August 7) as hundreds packed the streets to demonstrate
‘Resolution revoked!’ A court has annulled the ‘LGBT-free’ pledge made by the town of Klwów in Poland (Facebook/Bart Staszewski) A second so-called ‘LGBT-free’ zone in Poland has been annulled as the courts begin a crackdown on institutionalised homophobia. The ‘LGBT-free’ zone of Klwów in east-central Poland was declared to be unconstitutional on Wednesday (15 July),
President of Poland, Andrzej Duda (Filip Radwanski/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) President of Poland Andrzej Duda has narrowly secured re-election, after an ugly election campaign that saw him resort to homophobic dog whistles. According to preliminary results from Sunday’s run-off vote, the ultra-conservative Duda received 10,394,843 votes (51.22 per cent), giving him a wafer-thin margin
A woman holds a sign that says: “The traditional family is in danger, come together to defend it!” during a protest against homosexuality in Bucharest, May 20, 2017. The senate in Romania has passed a bill that, if signed by the president, will make it illegal to discuss gender identity in every school and university
Violence against queer folk in Poland has rocketed in recent years, and a photography project in Elska magazine is a welcomed antidote to the arid hate. (Liam Campbell) As anti-LGBT brutality bubbles in Poland, a group of queer men have stripped in open defiance of their country’s government who have dubbed their sexuality a “threat”.
The Roman Catholic archbishop of Kraków, Poland, has compared the existence of LGBT+ people to an “aggressive” communist regime. Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski wrote a pastoral letter dated September 28, which was published in full by right-wing Polish magazine Do Rzeczy. He said: “Currently we are living at a time in which the next great threat