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


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

Things have actually changed for better as well as for even even worse. The LGBT+ movement is currently much larger, a lot more people may take place, there are many more businesses and much more occasions. More letters of the acronym LGBTQAI+ have actually at minimum one organisation to express their viewpoint and share their voice. Nevertheless, since it is every-where else, there is certainly an overrepresentation of cis-gays within the LGBT+ movement and media. But also with this viewpoint the specific situation is way better than two decades ago. The language we used in the LGBT+ environment has become and improved more comprehensive. We do have nationwide debate that is political LGBT+ needs, like exact same intercourse marriages, use, intercourse 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 exposure also offers increased. Twenty years we were rather ignored as well as our demands ago we were an insignificant topic. Within the last few years that are few we’ve been dealing with an escalation of hate speech toward our community and also this is very noticeable in politics and far-right dominated environments, like football games.

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

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

Italian legislature doesn’t vary much through the Polish one. Many years ago, we finally passed a legislation that enables the enrollment of same-sex partners, neighborhood regulations. The Italian parliament will but quickly talk about the hate-speech and LGBT+ violence legislation. The specific situation in European countries gets even even worse every-where due to the fact environments that are far-right becoming more influent and effective in politics and culture. And also this impacts LGBT+ environment everywhere though in numerous means. In those countries where community that is LGBT rely on certain legislation and a higher degree of threshold; the problem is way better compared to Poland as well as in Italy. Having said that, the LGBT+ community consists of folks of various back ground. And I also believe the specific situation of LGBT+ migrants or queer non-white individuals is worsening every-where in European countries inspite of the legislature which will protect your whole LGBT+ community in some countries in europe.

Just just What do you realy suggest?

An impact between Poland and western or southern nations is the amount of cooperation between LGBT+ companies and teams and administration that is public. Our organization’s buddies and lovers from France, Germany, the united kingdom additionally the Nordic nations can count on a support that is certain regional and nationwide organizations. In Poland, this variety of cooperation barely exists. LGBT+ businesses rely on money from abroad and worldwide funds. National, public or personal help for LGBT+ initiatives is unusual. This might be a great deal more noticeable in soccer, one of the more conservative regions of society.

“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, as a result of your orientation. Exactly exactly How could you explain your experience residing as a lesbian in Poland?

To start with, I are now living in Warsaw meaning that I am able to be noticeable as a lesbian within my every day life and feel fairly safe from direct physical 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. Located in big urban centers like Warsaw, Krakow, Gdansk, Wroclaw or Poznan is a lot safer compared to smaller metropolitan areas, towns or in the countryside. Security has a primary effect to LGBT+ individuals exposure in culture: the further from the top town, the less visible is LGBT+ community. Therefore, in Warsaw we feel fairly safe but nevertheless our legal rights are violated and, despite our presence, we’re maybe maybe maybe not protected with a solitary legislation in this nation, aside from the Job Act. As an example, me personally and my partner, like most other band of those who define by themselves as being family members, are strangers toward regulations with the effects it suggests.

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

Yes, emigration is definitely an option I’ve been thinking about since at the least 2005, whenever Jaroslaw Kaczynski first stumbled on energy and made a coalition by having a neofascist celebration (Liga Polskich Rodzin). For the present time we remain here, we make an effort to give attention to my entire life, my team, activism, however with my partner we curently have a strategy B. It’s difficult to state whether our situation has already been dangerous sufficient to recognize it? Is history repeting it self? May be 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 just just what then? These ideas keep nurturing me personally.

“Since we’d a rather poor group, we weren’t going to be recalled for the performance, therefore we opted a title that has been hard to pronounce. ” Credit: Agata Kubis/ kolektyw

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

In my opinion that LGBT+ people and generally leftists, liberals and centrists (non LGBT+) had been frightened by the chance for 2nd term for Duda. And once more, it is quite difficult to vote, because every right time, it is about chosing the smaller evil. Trzaskowski wasn’t a dependable ally associated with the LGBT+ community either, even in the event he had been perhaps not just an enemy that is clear Duda. But this election has stressing aspects other compared to the LGBT+ problem. Our company is obviously planning the way of an country that is authoritarian. In 2015-16, there utilized to be a difference that is visible the social and financial agendas for the more “social” Law and Justice celebration additionally the neoliberal approach of Trzaskowski’s Civil system. However in the final year or two and specially throughout the pandemic, the federal government authorized a string of anti-crisis laws which had been obviously aimed against workers as well as in benefit of business owners. It is currently clear for me that Kaczynski’s legislation and Order celebration will not towards any type of real reform that is social.

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

We find the title Chrzaszczyki in 2001 once we participated into the IGLFA competition in London. That we weren’t going to be noticed or remembered for our performance, we chose a name that was difficult to pronounce since we knew we had a very weak team and. It had been allowed to be our peculiarity.

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

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