According to a report released by the Commissioner for Human Rights on the Situation of LGBT People in Poland, since 2018, at the same time as a sharp increase in the number of gay pride parades held in Polish cities, the right to peaceful gatherings is being increasingly restricted, and measures to ensure safety of people taking part in the parades increasingly reduced. Currently, each parade group has to manage using its own resources. Many of them do not have the know-how to organize gatherings of that kind, or the legal knowledge required to fend off attacks from right-wing organizations. Many people face activist burnout.
The project is intended to share information and improve skills, and bring about coordination and communication between the individual groups that organize gay pride parades.
We will hold a Marching City Congress at which all of the people organizing gay pride parades from all over Poland will meet. We will use this opportunity to network and share know-how, and organize specialist training that deals with declared activist needs. We will form a coalition and launch a website with information about the movement and a guide for people who attend demonstrations. We will also conduct a series of regional training sessions in six cities in Poland and a legal webinar via Zoom before the march season begins.
March groups from all over Poland will be involved in the project, and 70 people from 27 cities will attend the congress.
The end result will be promotion of civil rights, and safer gay pride parades and other gatherings to defend the rights of vulnerable persons (not necessarily LGBT+ people) involving march groups (i.e. the women’s march (manifa), the climate protest (strajk klimatyczny), and demonstrations in defense of the constitution).