It is a one-time process: 50 ambassadors from other countries in Poland have written an open letter to the government in Warsaw. In it they demand more protection for homosexuals and other sexual minorities.

Ambassadors from 50 countries have appealed to Poland to respect the rights of gays, lesbians and other sexual minorities. In a joint open letter that was published on Sunday, the diplomats working in Poland called for the protection of these minorities from "verbal and physical abuse" and from messages of hatred. To this end, we must work together on a climate of "non-discrimination, tolerance and mutual acceptance".

The letter was signed by the ambassadors of almost all EU partner countries as well as those of the USA, Canada, Israel, Japan and other states. The letter was published by US Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher on Twitter.

Meaningful response

Poland’s Deputy Foreign Minister Pawel Jablonski replied to the open letter via Twitter. Poland fully agreed with the embassy. "Everyone enjoys the same protection under Polish law." However, he added at the same time: "We also remind you that according to the Polish Constitution, marriage is a relationship between a woman and a man."

Homophobic communities

Homophobia is still widespread in strictly Catholic Poland. A number of communities there have declared themselves "LGBTI-free" zones since the beginning of 2019. The English abbreviation LGBTI stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersexual. 

A few days ago, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen expressed sharp criticism of the discrimination against sexual minorities in Poland. The "LGBTI-free" zones are "humanity-free" zones and have "no place in our community," said von der Leyen in her address on Wednesday in the European Parliament on the state of the EU. The Commission had already reacted to the declaration of "LGBTI-free" zones by banning six Polish cities from participating in subsidized town-twinning programs.

Government, hooligans and the church are inciting against gays

Supporters and members of the right-wing conservative Polish ruling party PiS also repeatedly denounce an alleged "LGBTI ideology" against which traditional values ​​must be defended in connection with progressive family policy. President Andrzej Duda, who was re-elected in July, also raised the mood with such rhetoric during the election campaign. They receive support from the Catholic Church in the country. In 2019, for example, the Archbishop of Kraków, Marek Jedraszewski, spoke of an "epidemic in the colors of the rainbow".

And militant hooligans also raise the mood against homosexuals – and do not shy away from violence. In July 2019, fans of a football club and thugs brutally attacked a gay demonstration in Bialystok and injured several people.