Thousands march for LGBTI rights in Warsaw amid rising hostility
Campaigners say LGBTI freedoms are at their lowest point in staunchly Catholic country under nationalist Law and Justice government
Thousands of people have marched with rainbow flags through Warsaw in a sign of defiance against a rising tide of extremism under Poland’s nationalist Law and Justice government.
Speeches at the start of the Equality parade – which began at the symbolic Palace of Culture and ended with a “beach party” across the Vistula river – warned of LGBTI freedoms being at their lowest point for two decades in the staunchly Catholic country. […]
Very few homophobic crimes are registered by the authorities – seven in 2014 and five in 2015. One of the reasons given for the low level of reporting is that LGBTI rights are not inscribed in law. A recent survey ranked Poland among countries offering LGBTI people the least legal protection in the EU.