Homophobia in Poland: a clear letter from 50 ambassadors

Homophobia in Poland: a clear letter from 50 ambassadors

It is a one-time process: 50 ambassadors from other Polish countries wrote an open letter to the government in Warsaw. In it, they demand greater protection for homosexuals and other sexual minorities.

Ambassadors from 50 countries have called on Poland to respect the rights of gays, lesbians and other sexual minorities. In a joint open letter published on Sunday, diplomats working in Poland called for the protection of these minorities from “verbal and physical abuse” and hate speech. To achieve this, we must work together on an atmosphere of “non-discrimination, tolerance and mutual acceptance”.

The letter was signed by ambassadors from almost all EU partner countries, as well as the USA, Canada, Israel, Japan and other countries. The letter was published on Twitter by US Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher.

Meaningful answer

Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Pawel Jablonski responded to the open letter via Twitter. Poland fully agreed with the embassy. “Everyone has the same protection under Polish law.” However, he added: “We also remind you that according to the Polish constitution, marriage is a relationship between a woman and a man.”

Homophobic communities

Homophobia is still widespread in strictly Catholic Poland. Many communities have declared themselves LGBTI-free since the beginning of 2019. LGBTI stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex.

A few days ago, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, expressed sharp criticism of discrimination against sexual minorities in Poland. The “LGBTI-free” zones are “without humanity” zones and “have no place in our community”, von der Leyen said in her speech on the state of the EU on Wednesday in the European Parliament. The Commission has already responded to the declaration of “LGBTI-free” zones by banning the participation of six Polish cities in subsidized town-twinning schemes.

The government, hooligans and the church incite against gays

Supporters and members of the right-wing conservative Polish ruling party PiS have also repeatedly condemned the alleged “LGBTI ideology” against which traditional values ​​in the context of progressive family policy must be defended. President Andrzej Duda, who was re-elected in July, also lifted his spirits with such rhetoric during the election campaign. They receive support from the Catholic Church in the country. For example, in 2019, Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski of Krakow spoke of an “epidemic in the colors of the rainbow.”

And militant hooligans are also raising the mood against homosexuals – and don’t shy away from violence. In July 2019, football club fans and rapists brutally attacked a gay demonstration in Bialystok, injuring several people.

Mark James

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