This is an open meeting on the 12th of October at 6.30pm. We will discuss the LGBTQ+ community’s situation in Poland and Camerimage’s response to it. We will also have a talk from the LGBT+ Network at BECTU on ways to make camera more welcoming for LGBTQ+ people. Please register for the meeting with the link below.
The Camera Branch Equality and Diversity Working Group was concerned with Camerimage’s silence on the Polish Government’s actions against the LGBTQ+ community. We wanted to know the festival’s position, and if it would take any action of support or steps to ensure the safety of LGBTQ+ camera people attending the festival. We will discuss the festival’s response in the meeting.
The situation in Poland is becoming increasingly dangerous for LGBTQ+ people, with a third of the country declaring itself “LGBTQ+ free” creating LGBTQ+ free zones through local government votes. It is state sanctioned discrimination and scapegoating designed to limit LGBTQ+ people’s human rights as much as possible.
President Duda has called LGBTQ+ rights an “ideology more destructive than communism” And stated that “LGBTQ+ is not people it’s ideology” .
He has signed declarations whose stated purpose is to ban “propagating LGBTQ+ ideology in public institutions.”
He is also the Honorary Patron of Camerimage.