Poland/Germany: First joint Polish-German LGBTQ+ Pride march calls for 'love without borders'

Around 1,000 people held an LGBTQ+ Pride march Saturday on the border between Poland and Germany, crossing the river between Slubice and Frankfurt an der Oder as they denounced homophobia and discrimination in Poland, under the slogan «love without borders.» The Pride march marked the first of its kind in the twin towns of Slubice and Frankfurt an der Oder, and was organised to decry what organisers regard as the rampant homophobia and transphobia in Poland under President Andrzej Duda and the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party. «We cannot do such a manifestation in Frankfurt, in Germany next to the border, and not consider the people who are suffering really on a very different level in Poland,» said Pride organiser Nancy. Since coming to power in 2015, Duda has inveighed against LGBTQ+ rights movement as an “ideology” and foreign import, with the president also proposing a constitutional amendment to ban adoption by LGBT couples. Homophobic and transphobic attacks are currently not regarded as hate crime under Polish law. One-third of local councils across Poland declared themselves “LGBT-free zones” in 2019. In July, the European Union announced that it would deny funding to six Polish towns that supported this declaration.

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