Friday, November 12, 2010

Brody's Notes... Polish LGBTQ Activist Wojciech Szot Says 'Loves Does Not Exclude' Campaign Is Expanding & Reminds Activists To Participate In The Day Of Remebrance

Love Does Not Exclude Poster Displayed On Krakowskie Przedmieście   Photo By Wojciech Szot 
By Brody Levesque (Washington DC) NOV 12 | Prominent Polish LGBTQ Activist Wojciech Szot announced today from Warsaw that the "Love Does Not Exclude" campaign for same-sex civil unions in Poland, is successfully expanding to include more suburbs of the city. The latest printing & distribution of posters in the city is on major thoroughfares including Krakowskie Przedmieście, which is one of the most impressive and prestigious streets of Poland's capital.
Szot also stated:
"I would also like to invite you to a demonstration march through the streets of Warsaw, on Saturday, November 20th, starting from the Main Gate of Warsaw University at 1:00PM. Demonstrators are demanding that Polish lawmakers pass a national law on civil partnerships."
Szot also implored potential participants and others that people remember the Day of Remembrance for Victims of Violence against Transgendered folk.
"In the world since the last Remembrance Day almost 160 transgender people have lost their lives. Among them, Roy Jones Antonio beaten to death by his mother's partner, who wanted 'it' to behave more like a boy than a girl."
In Celebration of the Day of Remembrance, Transgender people throughout the world machine will hold marches and rallies with candle-lit celebrations in memoriam for the victims. In Warsaw and the country's second largest city of Krakow, there will be debates sponsored by the Foundation for Trans-Fusion.
Szot said that activists must address lawmakers before the next session of the Polish Parliament reminding them that violence against LGBT people is a problem all Poles need to fight, including through specific legislative solutions.
"We are fighting not only the law on partnerships, but also to extend provisions of Polish Law under Articles 256 and 257 of the Criminal Code to include for such conditions as sexual orientation and gender identity and demand fair enforcement of these laws." He said.
Polish Law Article 257 states: A person or persons who publicly insults a group of people or a particular person because of their national, ethnic, racial, religious or because of their religious beliefs or from such grounds violates another person's physical integrity, is liable to imprisonment to 3 years.
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