Several cities in Poland illuminated buildings with iridescent colors on Monday as a gesture of solidarity with the LGBT + community, but activists called for more support in the face of growing hostility.
LGBT rights have been a flashpoint in Poland over the past two years, with politicians associated with the ruling Nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party and senior members of the Catholic Church arguing against the term “LGBT ideology”.
Last week, Liberal Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trajakowski, along with several other city mayors, resolved to illuminate buildings with iridescent colors to mark International Day for tolerance.
For many religious conservatives in predominantly Catholic Poland, Treszkowski represented a threat to traditional values when he signed the “LGBT + Charter” pledge, for example, to begin education about LGBT rights in Warsaw schools for.
But LGBT + activists say Trezaskowski has not fulfilled the promises he made, including creating a shelter for young LGBT + who became homeless after their families moved out.
“This is clearly a symbolic gesture and we welcome it when we come from small towns and mayors of small towns,” said Hubert Sobiki, an activist with a non-governmental organization that Love does not exclude .
“We expect more from the person who … vows to do something concrete for the community,” he said, noting “no action on behalf of the municipality” two years after the signing of the “LGBT + Charter” Went”.
A spokesman for Warsaw’s City Hall said the mayor was committed to the charter’s proposals, but their implementation was “a complex process” and some efforts were halted by the Kovid-19 epidemic.
Buildings were also illuminated in Gdaस्कsk, Krakow, Poznan, Wroclaw and other small towns.
Activists say there is growing hostility against people with LGBT + in Poland, who do not recognize any form of same-sex marriage, and have even called for a ban on the Pride Parade .
Bartosz Staszewski, a filmmaker and LGBT activist, said that the light of a bridge over the Vistula River in Warsaw made him think of a cross worker who died after jumping from a bridge.
“I have such a bad relationship when now the same bridges are just iridescent and there would be nothing more than that in Warsaw,” he said.
(This story is published from a wire agency feed without textual modifications.)
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