The Threat To Poland’s LGBTQ Community | NBC News Now

The Threat To Poland’s LGBTQ Community | NBC News Now


LAST YEAR’S 226,000 DEPORTATIONS ARE A SLIGHT DOWNTURN FROM THE ARE A SLIGHT DOWNTURN FROM THE YEAR BEFORE. YEAR BEFORE.>>LGBTQ COMMUNITY IN POLAND HAS>>LGBTQ COMMUNITY IN POLAND HAS A MESSAGE FOR THE WORLD. A MESSAGE FOR THE WORLD. WE DON’T FEEL SAFE HERE. WE DON’T FEEL SAFE HERE. AFTER A NEWSPAPER DISTRIBUTED AFTER A NEWSPAPER DISTRIBUTED LGBT STICKERS. LGBT STICKERS. PEOPLE WERE ATTACKED AT A MARCH PEOPLE WERE ATTACKED AT A MARCH AND THE ARCHBISHOP OF KRAKOW AND THE ARCHBISHOP OF KRAKOW CALLED THE COMMUNITY A RAINBOW CALLED THE COMMUNITY A RAINBOW PLAGUE. PLAGUE. WHAT’S GOING DOWN IN POLAND? WHAT’S GOING DOWN IN POLAND?>>THESE PEOPLE WERE ATTACKED.>>THESE PEOPLE WERE ATTACKED. THIS IS THE FIRST-EVER MARK IN THIS IS THE FIRST-EVER MARK IN THAT CITY, PEOPLE ATTACKED BY THAT CITY, PEOPLE ATTACKED BY COUNTER DEMONSTRATORS, POLICE COUNTER DEMONSTRATORS, POLICE DETAINING A NUMBER OF FAR-RIGHT DETAINING A NUMBER OF FAR-RIGHT ACTIVISTS. ACTIVISTS. EARLIER, LAST MONTH, WE SAW EARLIER, LAST MONTH, WE SAW THESE DISTRIBUTED. THESE DISTRIBUTED. THEY MAY LOOK LIKE NORMAL THEY MAY LOOK LIKE NORMAL STICKERS, BUT THESE ARE STICKERS, BUT THESE ARE ANTI-LGBT, LGBT FREE ZONE ANTI-LGBT, LGBT FREE ZONE STICKERS, IN FACT, PRINTED SO STICKERS, IN FACT, PRINTED SO USERS COULD DISPLAY THEM. USERS COULD DISPLAY THEM. MOST RECENTLY WE’VE SEEN MOST RECENTLY WE’VE SEEN COMMENTS FROM A POLISH COMMENTS FROM A POLISH ARCHBISHOP IN KRAKOW, DESCRIBING ARCHBISHOP IN KRAKOW, DESCRIBING WHAT HE CALLED A RAINBOW PLAGUE. WHAT HE CALLED A RAINBOW PLAGUE. THOSE COMMENTS, DEFENDED BY THE THOSE COMMENTS, DEFENDED BY THE GOVERNMENT MINISTER FOR GOVERNMENT MINISTER FOR HUMANITARIAN AID VISITED POLAND HUMANITARIAN AID VISITED POLAND IN 2019. IN 2019. PEOPLE THERE FROM THE LGBT PEOPLE THERE FROM THE LGBT COMMUNITY ARE SCARED. COMMUNITY ARE SCARED. SOCIAL MEDIA RIGHT HERE IN THE SOCIAL MEDIA RIGHT HERE IN THE HEART OF POLAND, THEY’RE SAYING HEART OF POLAND, THEY’RE SAYING THIS IS A SCARY TIME, MANY OF THIS IS A SCARY TIME, MANY OF THEM DON’T WANT TO SHOW THEIR THEM DON’T WANT TO SHOW THEIR FACES AND IDENTIFY ON TELEVISION FACES AND IDENTIFY ON TELEVISION IN CASE PEOPLE FIND OUT WHO THEY IN CASE PEOPLE FIND OUT WHO THEY ARE AND MIGHT FEAR THEY WILL BE ARE AND MIGHT FEAR THEY WILL BE TARGETED. TARGETED. ONE OF THOSE WHO DID SPEAK TO US ONE OF THOSE WHO DID SPEAK TO US IS ONE OF THE ONLY OPENLY GAY IS ONE OF THE ONLY OPENLY GAY POLITICIANS IN THE COUNTRY. POLITICIANS IN THE COUNTRY. THIS IS WHAT HE SAID TO US WHEN THIS IS WHAT HE SAID TO US WHEN WE SPOKE TO HIM. WE SPOKE TO HIM.>>I’M ONE OF THE FEW OPENLY GAY>>I’M ONE OF THE FEW OPENLY GAY POLITICIANS IN POLAND. POLITICIANS IN POLAND. WE HAVE LOST THE CEILING THAT WE WE HAVE LOST THE CEILING THAT WE ARE EQUAL, THAT WE ARE PROTECTED ARE EQUAL, THAT WE ARE PROTECTED BY THE STATE AND IN THEORY WE BY THE STATE AND IN THEORY WE HAVE LOST. HAVE LOST. WE HAVE LOST THE VERY BASIC WE HAVE LOST THE VERY BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE THAT EVERY HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE THAT EVERY HUMAN BEING SHOULD HAVE. BEING SHOULD HAVE.>>A VERY PROMINENT LGBT>>A VERY PROMINENT LGBT ACTIVIST IN POLAND ON INSTAGRAM ACTIVIST IN POLAND ON INSTAGRAM HERE, LEADING DEMONSTRATIONS HERE, LEADING DEMONSTRATIONS AGAINST THOSE COMMENTS BY THE AGAINST THOSE COMMENTS BY THE ARCHBISHOP, WHICH MANY ARE SEEN ARCHBISHOP, WHICH MANY ARE SEEN AS BEING SUPPORTED BY NOT ONLY AS BEING SUPPORTED BY NOT ONLY THE CATHOLIC CHURCH BUT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH BUT PROMINENT POSITIONS EVEN UP TO PROMINENT POSITIONS EVEN UP TO THE GOVERNMENT LEVEL. THE GOVERNMENT LEVEL. SHE SHARES HER THOUGHTS WITH US. SHE SHARES HER THOUGHTS WITH US. THE FEAR, WE CAN HEAR IN HER THE FEAR, WE CAN HEAR IN HER VOICE AS WELL. VOICE AS WELL. BUT SHE DOES HAVE SOME HOPE FOR BUT SHE DOES HAVE SOME HOPE FOR THE FUTURE. THE FUTURE. THIS IS WHAT SHE SAID TO US. THIS IS WHAT SHE SAID TO US.>>WE DON’T FEEL SAFE, TO BE>>WE DON’T FEEL SAFE, TO BE HONEST. HONEST. FOR ME, FOR EXAMPLE, IT WAS FOR ME, FOR EXAMPLE, IT WAS ALWAYS THAT I FELT LIKE AND NOW ALWAYS THAT I FELT LIKE AND NOW I’M THINKING IF IT’S SAFE TO I’M THINKING IF IT’S SAFE TO WEAR SOMETHING LIKE THIS. WEAR SOMETHING LIKE THIS. I ALWAYS TRY — I’M ALWAYS I ALWAYS TRY — I’M ALWAYS LOOKING FOR LOOKING FOR AND I THINK THE BIG I HOPE IT’S

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