After the anti-LGBT politician Andrzej Duda won the elections and will be the president for one more term, community activists named the latest anti-homophobic and anti-transphobic demonstrations as the “Polish Stonewall”.
The darkness covered the rainbow flags that were raised. However, the symbolism never could be clearer than that. One was held by Copernicus. The other one was in the hands of the Warsaw mermaid who kept it near the sword. They draped one more flag right next to Jozef Pilsudski, the national hero of Poland. And finally, they sello-taped the flag to Jesus Christ’s arm.
On one July night, the organizers picked remarkable statues across Warsaw, the capital city of Poland, to stage a protest against the position of Polish officials about the rights of LGBTQ people.
The re-elected head of state, Andrzej Duda, is allied by the current ruling political party – Law and Justice. Those are the right-wing conservators. Unfortunately, the homophobic promises included in his pre-election program helped him to be re-elected. Duda also openly called rights of the LGBTQ community as an “ideology” even much worse than Communism used to be.
LGBTQ supporters in Poland now dub the late summer protests as the “Polish Stonewall”. They express hope for serious changes to come soon in the country due to the wide international support they get from the EU and the world.