Jakub and Dawid Mycek-Kwiecinski know how to make a statement. The pair have gone viral for their campaign of handing out free face masks the public that feature the Pride Flag.
The married couple lives in Poland, a nation still rampant with homophobia. Same-sex couples do not enjoy the right to marry or legal recognition of marriages performed in other nations. LGBTQ Poles are also forbidden from adopting children. As the queer community in Poland has gained some legal protections in the past year, parts of the nation have actually begun declaring “rainbow-free” zones; that is, areas and businesses that show open hostility to the community. In fact, Jakub claims he lost his job as a TV host after coming out.
The homophobic climate of Poland makes Jakub & Dawid’s gestures during the coronavirus crises all the bolder.
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“Many people call gay people a plague, so we thought we might change their mind by helping people overcome a real plague,” the couple wrote on Facebook. “We borrowed grandma’s sewing machine and started sewing masks to offer them for free on the streets. Our masks are unique because they are all rainbow! Our friends, dressmakers, were able to help us create 300, which we brought to the streets.”
The attention gained by the pair has also prompted them to begin sewing a new batch of masks to sell to international supporters.
At present, Poland reports a sharp increase in the number of COVID-19 cases nationwide. The nation reports 9,287 confirmed cases and 360 deaths from the disease, and the nation has instituted social distancing policies to curb the spread of the virus.
Screw Bette Midler. These are true gay icons.
Notice how the right wing accounts can’t say anything without attacking somebody else?
Much praise to these brave, gay Polish men and the important work they’re doing. The EU should put more pressure on Poland about its rampant homophobia, too.
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Incredibly brave and bold awesome couple
I’m a thoroughbred Polack. I’ve been ashamed of my family’s homeland over the treatment of the Polish LGBT Community. They forget the discrimination and horrors of WWII. I applaud these brave Poles, and would buy their masks. Kocham Cie, guys!
What ever happened to the Polish priest in the Vatican who came out publicly?
Amazing Brave couple. Keep checking back with them, I would not be surprised if the police there started harassing them for this!
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