LGBT Poles targeted by ruling party

Over the past weeks, Poland’s most powerful politician and the head of the ruling PiS party has made it clear who their election scapegoat will be -- the LGBT+ community.

Ada Petriczko
Ada Petriczko NewsMavens, Poland
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Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Wikimedai Commons

Why this story matters:

Election campaign season (aka the time for cheap shots) is officially open in Poland, as 2019 brings elections for both the EU and the Polish parliament. The ruling party, PiS, threatened by the recent consolidation of the opposition, is resorting to a well-tested strategy -- fearmongering. Back in 2015 their scapegoat was the de-personified, vague figure of the refugee (whom they accused of spreading not only Islam but also disease), but this year they are aiming closer to home.

During recent meetings with PiS voters, the party leader, Jarosław Kaczyński, frequently referred to the LGBT+ community -- linking them to child abuse, the erosion of the traditional family and insinuating that political correctness is a threat to the freedom of Poles (quotes below).

Sadly, he is anything but harmless. Having blown new wind into the sails of the Polish alt-right and encouraged Islamophobic, antisemitic and anti-EU sentiment in the public, he cannot be ignored, even when his words defy any attempt at fact-checking.

The blessing in disguise here is the fact that he targeted a community that, while deprived of civil rights, has a  strong voice in Poland (unlike refugees). Over the past 30 years, the LGBT+ community has grown and become mobilized. Incidentally, one of Kaczyński’s statements was an immediate response to the fact that the mayor of Warsaw has recently authorized the so-called LGBT+ Card -- a major success for the community.

A month ago, Kaczyński was named the most influential person in Poland for the LGBT+ community by pridenews.pl site. The reason? His politics are so negative that they became a powerful trigger for the solidification of the community.

“Just wait another year or two and, thanks to Jarosław, we will be enjoying same-sex marriage in Poland!” the authors conclude.

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