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Poland prez attacks LGBTQ+ community: 2020 in LGBTQ+ Rights

Nimisha Jun 19

Poland prez attacks LGBTQ+ community: 2020 in LGBTQ+ Rights

Poland has become the most recent country where the President has called the LGBTQ+ community and ideology "worse than communism". This comes parallel to series of events that have sought to reduce LGBTQ+ rights and protections in 2020.

We have explained this, and many other such instances in detail here.

Polish President calls LGBTQ+ ideology "worse than communism"

The President of Poland, Andrzej Duda has in his election campaigns promoted hate against the LGBTQ+ community. In one of his rallies, he echoed the views of one of his counterparts who stated that “LGBT is not people, it’s an ideology.”

48-year-old Duda, speaking to people of a country which has been under Communist rule for more than four decades, expressed disturbance over the "LGBTQ+ ideology" which was "promoted by the Communist regime", and "is even more destructive to the human being.”

The nationalist conservative ruling party's candidate is up against Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, who has called for tolerance and reform for the LGBTQ+ community.

A third of Poland declared as "LGBTQ+ free zone"

Almost 100 municipalities have adopted non-binding resolutions which denounce the "LGBTQ+ ideology", labeling it as a foreign import threatening the Polish nation and its traditional Christian values.

This comes after Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, who is contesting the elections, adopted a "LGBT Charter", which calls for combating discrimination against and providing support to the LGBTQ+ community.

Trans rights protections in Healthcare removed by Trump administration

The Trump administration recently passed a rule which has ended protections for the LGBTQ+ community in the Healthcare sector.

Interpreting section 1557 of the Affordable Healthcare Act, the US Department of Health and Human Services released the following statement:

"Under the final rule, HHS eliminates certain provisions of the 2016 Rule that exceeded the scope of the authority delegated by Congress in Section 1557. HHS will enforce Section 1557 by returning to the government’s interpretation of sex discrimination according to the plain meaning of the word “sex” as male or female and as determined by biology."

Hence, now, sex discrimination only includes "male or female", which essentially reduces the act to giving protections based on biological sex.

Hungary passes law banning gender recognition in Hungary

The Hungarian government passed a law in Mid-May that views sex assigned at birth as fixed and permanent, and will allow no room for change on documents later.

The bill for the same, ironically, was introduced in Parliament (where Orban enjoys 2/3rd majority) on 31st March - the International Day of Transgender Visibility.

Activists in Hungary are not only taking this to court, but transgender people are burning their birth certificates to protest the governmental ban on legal gender recognition.

LGBTQ+ people arrested in Uganda on the pretext of violating COVID-19 regulation

20 LGBTQ+ people in Uganda have been charged with not adhering to rules regarding physical distancing in April, despite the fact that since they were forced out of their homes, they had to put up in shelters.

LGBTQ+ rights activists say that neighbors had initially raised an alarm to arrest the people on anti-trans and anti-homosexuality charges, but when they could not find any concrete evidence, they applied sections related to violating norms established to contain COVID-19.

Uganda is a part of many African countries where homosexuality is criminalized, and is punishable with life imprisonment.

LGBTQ+ People humiliated in Philippines

A video released on social media has shown how on April 5, 3 LGBTQ+ people who were outside after curfew were detained.

This happened in the Pampanga province. They explained that they were getting something urgent for their grandmother, but the village officials accused them of soliciting illicit sex.

As a punishment, the officials publicly humiliated them by asking them to kiss each other, dance and and do pushups, all captured on video. Not only did the video go viral, but they were clearly identified by their names, hence spreading the humiliation and making them even more vulnerable to further abuse.

A note

The happenings can make it seem like all is for the worse. But the LGBTQ+ movement has also seen significant wins and achievements, with international solidarity and collaboration. Watch this space at 1 P.M. EST on 27th June to know about all that the movement has had to celebrate this pride in 2020!


Photo by Lauren Mitchell on Unsplash


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