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Maloney Leads Letter Demanding Poland’s President Duda Protects Safety of LGBTQ+ Citizens

Aug 19, 2020
Press Release

Maloney Leads Letter Demanding Poland’s President Duda Protects Safety of LGBTQ+ Citizens

Washington, D.C.Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), a Co-Chair of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus and New York’s first out Member of Congress, led a coalition of 28 Members of Congress calling on recently reelected President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, to uphold his commitment as the leader of a NATO member state and protect the safety and rights of Polish LGBTQ+ citizens.

“We’ve witnessed a disturbing rise of ultra-nationalist and autocratic regimes throughout the world in recent years. Poland knows – perhaps better than any nation – those ideologies inevitably lead to conflict and suffering. As President of a fellow NATO member state, you share the obligation to ensure that the rights of all citizens are respected and defended.  However, your discourse and actions make support for a vibrant U.S.-Polish relationship more difficult,” the letter reads.

Throughout his reelection campaign, President Duda repeatedly used anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric, pledging to fight “LGBT ideology”, supported and legitimized the creation of “LGBT-free zones,” and refused to support same-sex marriage and adoption for same-sex couples.

Read the letter here and below:

President Duda
c/o Embassy of the Republic of Poland
2640 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

President Duda:

We must condemn your efforts to threaten and discriminate against the LGBTQ+ community. Your actions, especially as the president of a fellow NATO country, directly contradict our NATO commitment to safeguard the freedom and security of all members as well as promote the protection of human rights.

We know that you share our desire for Poland’s bilateral partnership with the United States to grow and flourish.  In that spirit, we wish to raise serious concerns regarding discriminatory comments made during your election campaign about Poland’s LGBTQ+ citizens. In the course of your reelection campaign, you pledged to fight “LGBT ideology”, legitimized the creation of “LGBT-free zones” and refused to support same-sex marriage or adoption for same-sex couples. These actions endanger and dehumanize LGBTQ+ Polish individuals throughout your country.   

We’ve witnessed a disturbing rise of ultra-nationalist and autocratic regimes throughout the world in recent years. Poland knows – perhaps better than any nation – those ideologies inevitably lead to conflict and suffering. As President of a fellow NATO member state, you share the obligation to ensure that the rights of all citizens are respected and defended.  However, your discourse and actions make support for a vibrant U.S.-Polish relationship more difficult.  Moreover, given that NATO’s Article V commitments are built on shared values, that discriminatory discourse also directly endangers our citizens’ support for sending American men and women into harm’s way in defense of your country, should such action be necessary.

We respectfully ask that you protect the safety and rights of Polish LGBTQ+ citizens by eliminating “LGBT-free zones” and publicly condemning the violence and hate speech against fellow Poles due to sexual orientation and gender identity. We further would welcome dialogue with you on these issues, based on a mutual commitment to uphold free and open societies that recognize dignity and the rights of all citizens.

Sincerely,

Sean Patrick Maloney                         Nydia Velázquez
Member of Congress                          Member of Congress

Mark Takano                                       Mike Quigley
Member of Congress                          Member of Congress

Alan Lowenthal                                  Eleanor Holmes Norton
Member of Congress                          Member of Congress

David N. Cicilline                               Darren Soto
Member of Congress                          Member of Congress

Dina Titus                                           Chellie Pingree
Member of Congress                          Member of Congress

Adriano Espaillat                                Raúl M. Grijalva
Member of Congress                          Member of Congress

Debra Haaland                                    Joaquin Castro
Member of Congress                          Member of Congress

Grace F. Napolitano                            Stephen Lynch
Member of Congress                          Member of Congress

Jan Schakowsky                                  Mark Pocan
Member of Congress                          Member of Congress

James P. McGovern                            Tony Cárdenas
Member of Congress                          Member of Congress     

Jesús G. “Chuy” García                      Ro Khanna
Member of Congress                          Member of Congress

Andy Levin                                         Alcee L. Hastings
Member of Congress                          Member of Congress

Susan Wild                                          Dan Kildee
Member of Congress                          Member of Congress

Jamie Raskin                                       Danny K. Davis
Member of Congress                          Member of Congress

cc: Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher

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