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Poland’s laws on same-sex couples violate human rights code, court rules

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that the lack of legal recognition and protection for same-sex couples in Poland breaches the European Convention on Human Rights.  The court’s decision refers to five same-sex Polish couples whose application for marriage was rejected by authorities. According to Polish law, a marriage can only be …

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A Prince of Wales walked into a Polish gay bar

No. It’s not an old joke. Diners at a Polish gay bar got the surprise of their lives when Prince William, the Prince of Wales, showed up unannounced for a three-hour staff party. The future Australian head of state is in the midst of a surprise visit to Poland to show British support for the …

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10th Annual Kyiv Pride goes ahead – in Warsaw

Ukraine’s largest LGBTIQA+ event, the annual Kyiv Pride Parade went ahead last night — in the neighbouring country of Poland. Warsaw Pride invited Kyiv Pride to lead their parade through the Polish capital. About 300 LGBTIQA+ Ukrainians travelled to Warsaw for the event. Ukrainian flags fluttered alongside rainbow flags at the head of the combined …

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Poland ranked EU’s least LGBTQ-friendly country – again

The annual ILGA-Europe review of the legal and social situation of LGBTQ people in European countries again ranks Poland as the EU’s least LGBTQ-friendly country. ILGA-Europe’s annual review measures equality by rating non-discrimination, family, hate crime and speech, legal gender recognition, intersex bodily integrity, civil society space, and asylum. Polish news site Gazeta Wyborcza said …

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Catholic diocese asks if boy, 12, took pleasure in abuse

The Catholic diocese of Bielsko-Żywiec in Poland and Bishop Roman Pindel have asked a court to determine if a 12-year-old altar boy took pleasure in his abuse at the hands of a priest. A church court already found the priest guilty of abusing Janusz Szymik as a child. Janusz Szymik alleged a priest known only …

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Being gay is still a crime in sixty-nine countries around the world

Sixty-nine countries worldwide still criminalise consensual same-sex activity and at least half are actively using those laws to persecute LGBTIQ people, a new report has found. That’s according to global advocacy group ILGA World’s latest update to their State-Sponsored Homophobia report, released this week. “As of December 2020, 69 UN member states continue to criminalise …

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Poles claim Chopin not gay, merely musical and complicated

Swiss journalist Moritz Weber caused much angst in Poland this week with a radio broadcast called Chopin’s Men. Chopin remains an icon in the country of his birth nearly two centuries after his death. The notoriously homophobic country celebrates the composer as a national icon. Frédéric Chopin’s name decorates Warsaw’s largest airport as well as …

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Australian Ambassador calls out Poland’s homophobic crackdown

Australia’s Ambassador to Poland has joined nearly 50 other diplomats to call on the Polish Government to end discrimination against its LGBTIQ+ community. Poland’s queer communities have recently come under increasing attack under right-wing leader Andrzej Duda. A hundred local regions have passed resolutions declaring themselves “LGBT-free zones”. Now Lloyd Brodrick, Australia’s Ambassador to Poland, …

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LGBTIQ protesters arrested for ‘offending religious feelings’ in Poland

Polish police have arrested three people over an LGBTIQ rights protest that saw a Jesus statue get a Pride flag makeover. Police in capital city Warsaw announced three people had been detained after the demonstration. Activists protesting against the government’s anti-LGBTIQ policies hung the flags off statues of Jesus Christ, astronomer Copernicus and the Mermaid …

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Gay Polish couple give out rainbow masks to fight coronavirus and homophobia

A gay couple in Poland have handed out hundreds of rainbow face masks in the country’s so-called “LGBT-free” zones, to fight both homophobia and the coronavirus. Local leaders have declared a third of the country an “LGBT-free” zone, passing resolutions opposing “LGBT ideology” and vowing to avoid financially supporting NGOs who promote equal rights. But …

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