In recent years, the situation for the LGBTQ+ community in Poland has been escalating to the point that the country now has several “LGBTQ ideology-free zones” and more. In recent months, the situation has intensified because of weekly protests, which led to numerous arrests and violent behavior from police and far-right groups.
Why are LGBTQ+ organizations protesting in Poland?
The weekend protests come amid intensifying anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric by government officials and state media after the recent re-election of President Andrzej Duda. The anti-EU populist leader was sworn in for a second five-year term as president on a strong anti-LGBTQ+ platform, branding LGBTQ+ rights an “ideology” worse than communism and proposing a “Family Charter”, including a vow to block legislation allowing gay couples to get married or adopt children. The charter also included a ban on “the propagation of LGBT ideology in schools and public institutions,” reminiscent of Russia’s notorious ‘gay propaganda law’ in 2013.
Since 2019, authorities in one-third of cities across Poland have adopted resolutions declaring themselves “LGBTQ ideology-free zones”.