Polish President, Andrzej Duda, who is seeking re-election on Sunday, is accused of running on an anti- Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender (LGBT) platform and says he plans to ban same-sex couples from adopting.
In the past, the President accused LGBT movement of advancing ideas that are more harmful than communism and said he agreed with another conservative politician who stated that “LGBT is not people, it’s an ideology.”
As he seeks re-election, he faces a strong LGBT community that resists his opposition to their lifestyle.
Duda’s remarks came from the small southwestern town of Brzeg as he was holding a rally for his presidential re-election.
Slava Melnyk, Executive Director of the Campaign Against Homophobia (KPH) said the President’s stance is a resurrection of the political scapegoating campaign and that recent history might repeat itself.
“We are now very fearful what will happen with the movement after very bold and dangerous statements by the President”.
Gay rights has emerged as a key campaign theme in the presidential election as the race grows close between Duda, backed by the nationalist conservative ruling party Law and Justice, and Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, who has called for tolerance for gay and lesbian people.
Duda told his supporters that his parents’ generation did not struggle to cast off communism only to now accept “an ideology” that he thinks “is even more destructive to the human being.”
The president said that during Poland’s communist era, which lasted for more than four decades, regimes ensured survival by indoctrinating the youngest generation.
The BBC video below explored the LGBT-free’ zones in Poland and made many discoveries about gay lifestyle.