Can an Art Exhibit on Gay Love Combat Homophobia in Poland?

Published: June 9, 2010

Can an Art Exhibit on Gay Love Combat Homophobia in Poland?

To say that the political situation in Poland is complex right now might just be the understatement of the year. The country is still reeling from the death of its President, Lech Kaczynski, and a host of military officials and government dignitaries who perished in a tragic plane crash in April 2010. As a result of the political chaos, all sorts of voices are clamoring for attention, including radical right groups with a huge history of homophobia and anti-gay policies.

Indeed, Poland has often been seen as one of the most anti-gay countries in Europe. As Change.org’s Nathan Tabak wrote in April, Poland has quite the history of harshing on gay rights, whether in the form of squashing gay pride events, or inflammatory rhetoric from political leaders (the former President, after all, said that homosexuality would "lead to the disappearance of the human race").

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