Sunday, July 28, 2019

March for LGBT rights in Warsaw after Pride attack in Bialystok

Over 1,000 people took to the streets in Warsaw in a show of support for LGBT rights. Those who gathered in the Polish capital in solidarity with Bialystok carried rainbow-colored flags and banners with pro-LGBT messages.

The march comes after a Pride event in the north-eastern city of Białystok was marred by violence. The first Pride event to take place in the ultra-conservative Polish city of Białystok was met with counter-protests by Christian and far-right groups a week ago.

Videos showed counter-protestors attacking and throwing rocks and bottles at the Pride march participants.

A number of Polish politicians, including Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, have condemned the attacks in Białystok. Police have detained more than 30 people in connection with the violence.

LGBT rights are a deeply polarising issue in the majority Catholic country. Divisions over LGBT issues have been exacerbated in the lead up to Poland’s general election.

The Polish LGBT community continues to face numerous hurdles in their fight for equality. Many aspects of society and politics remain staunchly conservative and the Catholic Church remains highly influential. 

Due to cultural, religious and political pushback, marriage equality, legal protections in the area of gender identity, and same-sex couples being allowed to adopt remain distant prospects.

Police had to protect Pride march in Bialystok a week ago

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