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STATEMENT FROM POLISH LGBT ORGANISATIONS

in POLAND, 22/06/2005

The witch-hunt against homosexuals in Poland grows in strength.

Politicians of the League of Polish Families and the Law and Justice Party, using ignorance and negative stereotypes about gays and lesbians in Polish society, manipulate fear to spread hatred. They are proposing to ban our organizations, to “cure” and to isolate us. According to their demands, the society should not socially or morally tolerate us. The rhetoric of Mayor of Warsaw, Lech Kaczyñski, the Chairman of the League of Polish Families, Roman Giertych, and Member of the European Parliament, Wojciech Wierzejski, reminds us the rhetoric we all remember from totalitarian regimes.

A few days ago two of our friends were shot and injured in front of a gay club in Katowice; in Warsaw two men have been beaten up and somebody tried to demolish a gay club. In both cases the assistance of the Police and ambulances were needed. Elsewhere, gays and lesbians have been attacked in a dozen places where the LGBT community gathers. We receive letters with death threats.

We are publicly called perverts, pederasts, pedophiles and fags. Politicians, including leaders of political parties and members of the Polish and the European Parliament, do this openly and proudly. The justice system doesn't react when they call for discrimination against
homosexuals, tacitly giving its support for the crimes that we are victims of.

We are afraid.



And Deeply concerned about the escalation of hatred towards homosexuals preached by right-wing parties. We call on all people who care about democracy, freedom of expression and tolerance to take a stand for those values, and to take action to protect civil rights.

We call the President and Prime Minister of Poland to take a clear position against hatred directed towards gays and lesbians. These are situations which the President and Prime Minister deny, in which homosexuals fall under strong homophobic pressure. This is unacceptable. We call the Polish Ombudsman to fulfill his constitutional duties, among which is guarding human liberties, regardless of sexual orientation. We appeal to the Plenipotentiary of Equal Status of Man and Woman to take concrete actions to combat discrimination against homosexuals. People who hold high political positions in the Polish government cannot pretend that there is no problem with hatred towards homosexuals in Poland.

We have our dignity. We love and we want to be loved. We are your doctors, salesclerks, drivers, teachers, brothers, sisters, children. We are a part of this country, which is ours as well.

Campaign Against Homophobia: Warsaw, Cracow, Silesia, Wroclaw, Lodz,
Gdansk

Lambda Warsaw, Cracow, Szczecin, Poznan

ILGCN Poland

Lesbians Agreement

Translated by: Mike Urbaniak [Campaign Against Homophobia - Cracow]

Click here to see ILGA's response
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