In a video published by The Guardian, the LGBTIQ community speak out about Andrzej Duda re-election campaign for another term as Poland’s president.
Poland has becoming increasingly homophobic in recent times as towns declare themselves “LGBT free zones” and the ruling political party ostracises the LGBTIQ community as being against the country’s conservative values.
In The Guardian video, members of the LGBTIQ community speak out about the number of homophobic attacks experienced, Duda’s anti-gay rhetoric as part of his re-election campaign and that 70 percent of LGBTIQ teenagers are experiencing suicidal thoughts.
Duda is campaigning on what he calls “traditional values” and has told his supporters that LGBT is just an “ideaology” as an attempt to dehumanise the community.
A prominent gay activist, Bart Staszewski, has met with Duda recently to discuss his use of hate speech.
“I met with him, to tell Duda that he is dehumanising us. To show him pictures of kids that committed suicide because of homophobia,” Staszewski tells the Guardian.
Staszewski adds Duda is using homophobia to push ahead with his own personal political goals. Later in the video the community speak about election day and their fears.
Watch the full video below: