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Haters Helped the Polish Gay Couple Gain Permission to Marry in Portugal

A Polish couple who received death threats on their coming out video are getting a sweet taste of revenge, as their haters have made their dreams of marriage a reality. Polish TV presenter and journalist Jakub Kwieciński and his partner David have been granted special permission to get married in Madeira, Portugal. The couple had

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On Thursday the Polish and Hungarian governments blocked the adoption of a 2011 proposal on property right of married and registered couples by the European Commission, at the Justice and Home Affairs Council. Both governments argued that this proposal infringes their sovereignty and interfere with the national identity, traditions and values related to family and

2015-10-06

Disappointment in Poland as gender recognition act vetoed

On Friday 2 October, Polish President Andrzej Duda vetoed the Gender Accordance Act, to the dismay of activists in Poland and all over Europe.   This was a prime opportunity for Poland to join their European counterparts, such as Malta and Ireland, who have improved gender recognition provisions in 2015. ILGA-Europe had previously urged President

2015-10-05

“I am a homosexual priest, happy and proud of my own identity”

The Vatican on Saturday sacked a gay priest after he came out as gay on the eve of a major meeting of bishops where the Church’s stance on homosexuality is expected to be discussed. Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa, a Polish theologian, had worked at the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican’s doctrinal arm, since 2003. He

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Polish Senate votes on first-ever Gender Accordance Act

The Polish Senate has voted to pass the Gender Accordance Act after a lengthy debate which lasted several days. However, the Act was passed with significant last-minute amendments which unfortunately could add another layer of procedural difficulty to the gender recognition process. The Gender Accordance Act is an attempt to codify the legal gender recognition

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Poland parliament passes first trans recognition bill

‘It was the first time we heard policymakers recognizing that trans citizens need to have their dignity assured’. The Polish parliament’s lower house has passed the country’s first transgender recognition legislation. Poland’s first transgender MP, Anna Grodzka, introduced the Gender Accordance Act in May 2012, and it was finally passed on Thursday (23 July) by 252 votes to 158, with 11 absentations. Under

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Polish organizations in Lithuania under criticism for homophobic T-shirts

On July 23rd, 2015 LGBT groups expressed regret over the choice of Polish organizations in Lithuania to wear homophobic T-shirts with slogans “Vilnius on Bicycles without Pedals” (Pol. “Wilno Na Rowerach Bez Pedalow”) during their recent congress. Vladimir Simonko, the leader of the National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL, said the word “pedal” was an insulting

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Poland: Transgender politician to run for President

Poland’s first openly transgender lawmaker reportedly plans to run for President. Anna Grodzka was elected as a Member of Parliament in Poland in 2011, in what is usually a notoriously conservative country. According to Newsweek Poland, the politician confirmed her plans to run for President later this year for the Polish Green party. She said: “Yes, I’ll

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Robert Biedroń visits LGL office on February 28th

On February 28th Robert Biedroń participated in a press conference at the Lithuanian parliament. R. Biedroń is the general rapporteur on the rights of LGBT people of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). “European Council is seeing discrimination of LGBT persons in Lithuania” Read more

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Poland: Giant rainbow set on fire by far-right thugs

Far-right protesters have burnt a rainbow piece of artwork during an event to commemorate Poland’s national independence in the capital Warsaw. LGBT campaigners, who had gathered in Zbawiciela Square, were dismayed to see a rainbow art installation go up in flames. Eyewitnesses say it was attacked by nationalist gangs because it represented a symbol of