An open letter issued on 28th Sep 2020 (Sunday) urged the Polish government to “End Discrimination Against Ethnic Minorities.” The letter was coordinated by the Belgian Embassy in Warsaw, stating that the Polish government has an obligation to “protect all citizens from violence and discrimination and ensure that they have equal opportunities.
Special envoys from 50 countries including Poland’s EU partners, the United States, Israel and India signed the agreement.
In recent years, hostility to LGBT rights has become a hot spot in Poland.
Conservative politicians, including the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), often target the LGBT community. The country’s ruling laws and the Justice Party have inspired many towns in Poland to declare themselves as “LGBT-free areas” with “no LGBT ideology”, exposing vulnerable LGBTQ+ citizens to the risk of discrimination, prejudice and violence.
Australia based artist Eddie Botha @eddiebotha pays tribute to the hard work of LGBTI and other communities in Poland and around the world through this work – 126 Families. To this end, and especially to protect communities that need protection from verbal and physical abuse and hate speech, we need to work together in an environment of non-discrimination, tolerance and mutual acceptance.
Image Credit: @gaytimes
Courtesy of the artist – Eddie Botha; 126 Families; Indian Ink on 250gsm Stonehenge paper; 30 5/16 x 22 1/16 in. (77 x 56 cm.)