WARSAW — Growing up in a small city in southern Poland, part of a religious family and conservative community, Maciej Gosniowski was told again and again that something was wrong with him. It would make my life easier. Gosniowski was beaten by other students who used homophobic slurs he did not yet understand. He does not want other young people to suffer as he did, so he welcomed the decision by the mayor of Warsaw to introduce a declaration last month aimed at promoting tolerance.
Polish towns go 'LGBT free' ahead of bitter European election campaign
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A handful of other areas, mostly in conservative rural Poland, have issued similar statements. Views that are offensive or illegal in many European countries have been widely aired in Poland ahead of the European Parliament elections, where LGBT rights are a hot-button issue. In a bitter campaign, the ruling Law and Justice PiS party has depicted such rights as dangerous foreign ideas that undermine traditional values in Poland, a staunchly Catholic country. Another PiS target has been a new sex education program, based on World Health Organization WHO guidelines, due to be introduced to schools in the capital Warsaw, a bastion of liberalism run by the opposition Civic Platform party. Analysts say that PiS hopes to re-energize its mainly rural base by vowing to push back against Western liberalism.
Both male and female same-sex sexual activity are legal in Poland. This was formally codified in , and Poland introduced an equal age of consent for homosexuals and heterosexuals, which was set at No protections for education, health services, hate crimes and hate speech exist, however. In , the Supreme Court ruled that it is illegal to deny goods and services on the basis of sexual orientation. However, this judgement was overturned on appeal.