The largest gay pride march in Central Europe took place in the Polish capital, Warsaw, for the first time since 2019. As a sign of LGBT community support, Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski led the procession, the AP agency reported.
The largest gay pride march in Central Europe took place in Warsaw on June 19, 2021, for the first time since 2019.
Thousands of people took part in the march, writes AP. Many residents of the Polish capital on Saturday also expressed support for sexual minorities from their balconies, which they decorated with rainbow flags.
“The day of the march is always a bitter experience for our community,” said Rafal Wojtczak, a spokesman for the organizers of the march. He also expressed feelings of sadness and helplessness that the LGBT community had not achieved the legalization of same-sex partnerships or marriages in Poland.
The gay pride march took place in Warsaw just days after the adoption of the Pedophilia Protection Act in Hungary. However, according to human rights organizations, it also stigmatizes and discriminates against the LGBT community by banning the promotion of sexual minorities among young people.
Poland is by default considered a conservative Catholic country and the ruling party is moving in a similar political direction as the party of the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, the AP reports. One of the Polish activists, Bart Staszewski, therefore carried the Hungarian flag on Saturday’s march. He wanted to call on the European Union to defend the LGBT community, fearing that “Poland will be next”.
The gay pride march has been held in the Polish capital for 20 years. Two years of march have been banned in the past because conservative former mayor Lech Kaczynski feared the promotion of homosexuality, the AP writes.
Last year, the reason for the cancellation of the march was mainly the coronavirus pandemic. This year, however, fewer people took part in it than in 2019.Read more The disputed pedophilia law was approved by the Hungarian parliament
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