Poland’s LGBTQ Population Fears the Worst After President Duda Re-Elected

Poland’s LGBTQ Population Fears the Worst After President Duda Re-Elected 1
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When activist Bartosz Staszewski was invited to meet with Polish President Andrzej Duda a few weeks ago, he tried to make Duda look at three portraits: one was of a young trans activist called Milo who’d jumped off a bridge in Warsaw last year; the other pictures were of two boys, Dominic and Kacper, who’d hanged themselves after becoming victims of homophobic bullying at school.

Staszewski was only too aware that Duda was using the meeting with LGBTQ activists as a token effort in his re-election campaign to show an open mind. Staszewski told the president he hoped he’d see these kids in his nightmares.

On Sunday, Duda won his narrow re-election victory after running a hateful campaign that hinged on fear mongering about queer people and their supposed “ideology” threatening Catholic Poland. 

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