Warsaw Pride returns despite anti-LGBTQ backlash in Poland | DW News

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LGBTQ campaigners staged a parade marking twenty years of Pride celebrations in Poland. Tensions are running high as central Europe is seeing a backlash against equality activism.
The country's celebration of LGBTQ rights had been put on hold for two years because of the coronavirus.
But people took to the streets of Warsaw in a jubilant mood, joining the thousands of demonstrators waving rainbow flags. Their excitement is not necessarily universally shared in Poland - a largely Catholic and conservative nation.
The pandemic-induced absence came amid a backlash to LGBTQ rights in the country - as well as in Hungary, where Prime Minister Viktor Orban's nationalist government, allied with Poland's governing Law and Justice party, has introduced new laws banning the "display and promotion of homosexuality" among under-18s.
A fear for the future for gay rights was a darker backdrop to the day's colorful events.
But the city's mayor, Rafal Trzaskowski, spoke out at the gathering with unequivocal support for equality.
And in answer to that, those in the sea of solidarity surging through the city center gave their own show of strength.


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