The Future of the LGBTQ+ Community in Poland

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Grace Whitlock, Herald Staff

President Andrzej Duda of Poland repeatedly described the LGBTQ+ rights movement as a “dangerous ideology, worse than communism”. Many people that live in Poland, are moving out of the country due to the homiphobic and discriminatory environment. Duda campaigned for reelection on an anti-LGBTQ platform, and won; He proposed an amendment to prevents same sex couples from adopting children. There are no statistics on how many people have left Poland this year because of the inequitable treatment towards the community. 

Jaroslaw Kaczynski the leader of the law and justice party in poland, had said homosexuality represents a “threat to Polish identity, to our nation, to its existence and thus to the Polish state.” Kaczynski also says Poland is under siege from a “rainbow plague”. A letter that was signed by  the ambassadors of the United States, many European countries, including Germany, Ukraine and Britain, and other nations such as Japan and Australia, was to raise awareness about the challenges the LGBTQ+ community faces, but Poland rejected that letter.

Hate crimes directed towards transgender individuals have increased 42% in one year. If hate crimes against the community only takes one year to increase that much, just imagine how the increase will be in 2-4 years from now. The hostility to this community had become a flashpoint in Poland in recent years. Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of the capital Warsaw in recent months to protest against the anti-LGBTQ+ policies of President Duda. 

Ursula von der Leyen said “I will not rest when it comes to building a union of equality”. She continues on by saying, “A Union where you can be who you are and love who you want – without fear of recrimination or discrimination.”