You’ve been actually active in the LGBT+ scene because you relocated to Poland in 1997, just just how have things changed in the last two years?

You’ve been actually active in the LGBT+ scene because you relocated to Poland in 1997, just just how have things changed in the last two years?

Things have actually changed for better as well as for even worse. The LGBT+ movement is currently much larger, a lot more people may take place, there are many businesses and much more events. More letters of the LGBTQAI+ that are acronym at minimum one organization to express their viewpoint and share their vocals. Nevertheless, since it is every-where else, there clearly was an overrepresentation of cis-gays within the LGBT+ movement and media. But also with this standpoint the problem is more preferable than two decades ago. The language we use within the LGBT+ environment has become and improved more comprehensive. We do have national governmental debate about LGBT+ needs, like exact exact same intercourse marriages, adoption, sex reassignment procedure, hate crimes, sex and anti-discrimination education in schools, though this didn’t lead us to alterations in legislature yet.

… but?

But. As LGBT+ motion is much more active and visible, the response to our presence has also increased. Twenty years we were rather ignored as well as our demands ago we were an insignificant topic. Within the last few years, we’ve been dealing with an escalation of hate speech toward our community and also this is especially noticeable in politics and far-right dominated environments, like soccer games.

“The LGBT+ movement has become much larger, more folks may take place, there are many more companies and much more occasions. ” Credit: Karolina Marcinkowska

And exactly how could you compare it to your situation far away, like in your native Italy?

Italian legislature will not vary much through the Polish one. Many years ago, we finally passed a legislation which allows the enrollment of same-sex couples, neighborhood guidelines. The Italian parliament will nonetheless quickly talk about the hate-speech and LGBT+ violence legislation. The problem in European countries gets worse everywhere since the far-right surroundings are becoming more influent and effective in politics and culture. And also this impacts environment that is LGBT though in numerous means. In those nations where LGBT+ community can rely on certain legislation and a greater amount of threshold; the specific situation is way better compared to Poland as well as in Italy. The LGBT+ community is made of people of different background on the other hand. And I also believe that the specific situation of LGBT+ migrants or queer non-white people is worsening every-where in European countries regardless of the legislature which could protect your whole LGBT+ community in some countries in europe.

Exactly just just What would you mean?

A positive change between Poland and western or southern nations may be the amount of cooperation between LGBT+ companies and teams and general public administration. Our organization’s buddies and lovers from France, Germany, great britain plus the Nordic nations can depend on a support that is certain regional and nationwide organizations. In Poland, this type or sort of cooperation barely exists. LGBT+ companies rely on financing from abroad and worldwide funds. National, public or personal help for LGBT+ initiatives is unusual. It is a whole lot more noticeable in soccer, one of the more conservative regions of culture.

“The only way to really make the game accessible is a wider, intersectional approach to deal with social barriers and prejudices that result in systemic discrimination and exclusion. ”

You state you’ve been assaulted, both verbally and actually, due to your orientation. Just just exactly How can you explain your experience residing as a lesbian in Poland?

To start with, we are now living in Warsaw which means i will be noticeable as a lesbian during my every day life and feel fairly safe from direct violence. I mean that I consider verbal or physical violence that happened to me in the past rather an exception to the rule when I say relatively. Staying in big metropolitan areas like Warsaw, Krakow, Gdansk, Wroclaw or Poznan is significantly safer compared to smaller towns and cities, towns or perhaps within the countryside. Security has an immediate effect to LGBT+ individuals presence in culture: the further from the top town, the less visible is LGBT+ community. Therefore, in Warsaw we feel fairly safe yet still our legal rights are violated and, despite our presence, our company is maybe maybe perhaps not protected by way of a law that is single this nation, aside from the task Act. For example, me personally and my partner, like most other band of individuals who define on their own being a grouped family, are strangers toward what the law states with all the current consequences it suggests.

“LGBT-free” stickers, political agendas, increasing homophobia… considering this environment that is particularly hostile the united states, do you ever concern your final decision to go right right here?

Yes, emigration can be an option I’ve been thinking about since at the least 2005, whenever Jaroslaw Kaczynski first found energy and made a coalition with a neofascist celebration (Liga Polskich Rodzin). For now we remain here, we make an effort to concentrate on my entire life, my group, activism, however with my partner we currently have an idea B. It’s difficult to state whether our situation has already been dangerous adequate to understand it? Is history repeting it self? Is the present agenda that is anti-LGBT a governmental trick of Kaczynski to win this presidential election or an actual governmental agenda that soon will create discriminatory alterations in legislature? And exactly just exactly what then? These ideas keep nurturing me personally.

“Since we’d a really poor group, we weren’t likely to be recalled for the performance, so we opted for a title that has been tough to pronounce. ” Credit: Agata Kubis/ kolektyw

During their campaign, newly re-elected President Andrzej Duda’s made remarks against LGBT+ people and exactly exactly just what he calls “LGBT ideology”. Just How important had been these elections for the LGBT+ community?

I really believe that LGBT+ people and usually leftists, liberals and centrists (non LGBT+) had been frightened by the chance for 2nd term for Duda. And once more, it is difficult to vote, because every time, it is about chosing the reduced evil. Trzaskowski had not been a dependable ally for the LGBT+ community either, regardless if he ended up being maybe not a clear enemy like Duda. But this election has aspects that are worrying compared to the LGBT+ problem. Our company is plainly moving in the direction of a authoritarian nation. In 2015-16, there utilized to be always a difference that is visible the social and financial agendas associated with more “social” Law and Justice celebration in addition to neoliberal approach of Trzaskowski’s Civil Platform. However in the final few years and particularly throughout the pandemic, the federal government authorized a string of anti-crisis lawful rulings which had been demonstrably aimed against employees as well as in benefit of entrepreneurs. It is currently clear in my opinion that Kaczynski’s legislation and Order celebration will not towards any type of genuine social reform.

Worrying, certainly. Therefore last concern, away from interest, why call yourselves “Chrzaszczyki”, meaning “Little Bugs”?

We find the title Chrzaszczyki in 2001 whenever we participated into the IGLFA tournament in London. Since we knew we’d a really poor group and therefore we weren’t likely to be noticed or recalled for the performance, we decided on a title that has been tough to pronounce. It had been allowed to be our peculiarity.

Very difficult to pronounce certainly! Glad I’m not the only person then… Thanks you for the time Suzi and luck that is good!

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