Equality Parade marches through Warsaw
PR dla Zagranicy
Several thousand people marched through central Warsaw on Saturday as part of the 10th annual Equality Parade in support of sexual minorities in Poland.
Equality Parade, Warsaw; photo - PAP/Pawel Supernak
The demonstration by LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender persons) and those opposed to homophobia and discrimination marched from outside the Parliament building to Plac Bankowy, accompanied by colourful floats and blaring music.
Politicians from the Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) took part as did NGOs such as the Campaign Against Homophobia, alongside families, cyclists and a group of nurses who proclaimed on one banner, “Homophobia is curable”.
Among the demands of the demonstrators was the adopting of a law on civil partnerships, reforms in sex education in schools and a demand that the government more actively fight discrimination against sexual minorities.
British Ambassador in Warsaw, Ric Todd, told the crowd that the parade is not "against anybody or anything but for diversity and equality," after which a spontaneous verse of God Save the Queen was sung by supporters.
Outside the parliament building and at Plac Bankowy several hundred counter-demonstrators held up banners saying "Eurosodomia has no future".
Police reported that the parade and counter demonstration passed off peacefully. (pg)