“This rainbow signifies the start of a wider campaign to raise awareness of LGBT rights.”
Poland’s capital has unveiled an “unbreakable” rainbow for Pride after the previous one was destroyed by far-right groups.
The monument was revealed before the Warsaw Equality Parade on Saturday. It is formed by a water hologram with light bouncing off a curtain of vapour, producing a holographic rainbow.
In 2015, the old rainbow – which comprised of artificial flowers – was taken down after being repeatedly defaced.
LGBTQ groups in Poland hope the rainbow will be “an unbreakable symbol of love, peace, LGBT rights and equality.”
Ola Muzinska – chairperson at Love Does Not Exclude Association – told The Telegraph: “This rainbow signifies the start of a wider campaign to raise awareness of LGBT rights and in particular the fight for marriage equality in Poland.
“Our message is: love is love, we want to bring as many people into the movement as possible over the next few years.”
Even though male and female same-sex sexual activity is legal in Poland, LGBTQ people face challenges not faced by heterosexual residents.
A CBOS poll from 2014 discovered that 70% of Polish people believe that same-sex activity is “morally unacceptable”.
According to a ranking of 28 European countries by the International Lesbian, Gay, Trans and Intersex Association, Poland is Europe’s second most homophobic nation.
However, Poland is one of few countries where gay and bisexual men are not legally restricted from donating blood.