Poland is the first in the European Union in terms of homophobia. IDAHOBIT TODAY

Unfortunately, homophobia in Poland is doing well, as evidenced by the recent report “Rainbow Europe” created by ILGA-Europe, the European branch of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Association. For the third time in a row We ranked last among all European Union countries The ranking measures the level of legal equality for LGBT people across Europe. Thus, it gives us the 43rd place (to name a few with Monaco) among the 49 countries of the Old Continent.

What comes from?

The ILGA-Europe ranking is determined on the basis of the points awarded in Seven categoriesEquality and non-discrimination, family, freedom of assembly, association and expression, hate crimes related to sexual orientation and gender identity, gender reconciliation and physical integrity, and LGBT asylum rights. As Cecilia Jakubczak says, “Each of these categories consists of several or a dozen or so subcategories, to which are assigned different weights. They are very important in relation to the merit-based assessment of ranking, which is the most important and reliable ranking in Europe with regard to matters Legal Persons. LGBT+”.

In Poland, much is needed to improve the situation of heterogeneous people, incl. Because the discriminatory rhetoric is not just about the conservative right-wing side of the political scene. Interestingly, the report even mentions transphobic content in liberal media such as “Gazeta Wyborcza” or “Wysokie Obcasy”. “Anti-trans rhetoric has spread alarmingly in the liberal media as well, often due to the increase in radical feminists with the exception of transgender people (known as transgenderism),” the ILGA-Europe document states.

The KPH representative explains it as follows:

The history of the ILGA-Europe classification that was published a few days ago is not accidental. May 17 is celebrated around the world International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. Where did this date come from? It commemorates the removal of homosexuality from the list of diseases by the World Health Organization, which took place on May 17, 1990. The holiday has been celebrated since 2005 and has been officially recognized by more than 130 countries, as well as by many organizations and institutions, such as the European Parliament.

IDAHOBIT (an acronym for the English initials) aims to draw attention to the discrimination that LGBTQ people continue to suffer. Homosexual contact is illegal in many countries, and in some countries they even face the death penalty. On the other hand, in other countries, such as in Poland, same-sex couples are not allowed to marry or adopt children. In addition, there are permitted diversion therapies, huge problems with medical and legal transfers for transgender people, and a lack of reference in legislation regarding offenses based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Although Poland performs very poorly in terms of the legal status of LGBT people compared to other European countries, this is mainly due to the campaign against LGBT people by politicians. Society is more tolerant, opinion polls show. One of the latest polls conducted by CBOS showed a clear improvement in the attitude of Poles towards heterosexual people – same-sex marriage is currently supported by 34% of respondents.

Remember that homophobia is not just about legal exclusion or physical violence. Reality also takes shape at the level Language and culture. This is why LGBTQ representation in movies or series is so important, as well as with the right words. Appropriate, i.e. not only offensive, but includes most of all. However, the changes in the language are already being felt, thanks mainly to the Z-young generation for whom tolerance is one of the most important values. It is worth remembering it every day.

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