Poland: LGBT Group to Launch First International Chapter with NYC Events

IGLHRC would like to draw your attention to three events organized by Campaign Against Homophobia, a leading LGBT human rights organization from Poland, to launch their first international chapter. The events will take place in New York City on October 3 and 7, 2008. IGLHRC’s Adrian Coman will participate in the October 7 panel discussion about pride marches in Eastern Europe. Show your support for the Polish group by attending the events and/or making a voluntary contribution to help their work.

Poland's National Gay Rights Organization Is Kicking-Off Its First International Branch In NYC- With Special Events: To Hold A Conference On Lesbian And Gays In East Europe

Contact: ddomagala@synergos.org

Poland's main LGBT rights NGO Campaign Against Homophobia (KPH), based in seven locations around Poland, is establishing a New York branch. It will kick-off with FILMS ON OCT 3 at the LGBT Center along with a PHOTO EXHIBIT of Polish Parades. There will be a CONFERENCE ON OCT 7 at Syngergos focusing on the recent pride parades in East Europe. A CLOSING PARTY will be held at Mehanata Bar.
They hope to march in the annual PULASKI DAY PARADE on Oct 5. as well.

The aim of the local branch will be to create a safe space for Polish and Polish-American lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their friends living in and around New York. The group will work on advocating for LGBT equality amongst the Polish-American community. It will also serve to raise awareness in the U.S. regarding the LGBT situation in Poland and carry out campaigns to support the movement in Poland.

Detailed information can be found below. The events are open to the public. All are welcome to join the KPH-NYC Branch.

October 3, 2008 Friday - Documentary Night and Photo Exhibit

6-7pm reception, film screening at 7pm at the LGBT Center 208 W. 13th Street b/w 7th and 8th Ave. Tickets $10. Please see Center's website www.gaycenter.org for ticket info.
A discussion will follow the screening with the director of Jesus would be King Daniel Kupsovsky and representatives of the Campaign Against Homophobia (KPH) from Poland.

Coming Out in Poland is a short documentary segment that was part of the In the Life episode screened in April 2008. It provides a basic outline of the situation for homosexual people in Poland.

Jesus would be King is an episode of a Czech queer show which is aired on national television in Czech Republic. A comical yet poignant look at the LGBT situation in Poland by their Czech neighbors.

Exhibit - An exhibit prepared by KPH of various visuals from past Pride events in Poland (http://www.stophomofobia.kampania.org.pl/en/index.htm).

October 7, 2008 Tuesday – Conference and Polish Party

Conference: 4pm -7pm at Synergos 51 Madison Avenue, 21st Floor.
Revisiting the Parades-What is the next step for the Eastern European LGBT movement and screening of a short documentary, Tolerance about the first March for Tolerance in Krakow, 2004.

  • A look at the LGBT movement in Eastern Europe through the perspective of Pride parades
  • Poland as a case study to explore the current state of affairs of the LGBT movement(s)
  • Are “Western” concepts of activism ill-suited for the Eastern European context? If so, what are the reasons and alternatives? What needs to be done in the region to further LGBT rights and how can American support be given?

Panelists include:
Adrian Coman –International Gay Lesbian Human Rights Commission / Accept Romania
Scott Long – Human Rights Watch
Kellan Baker – Transgender Activist
Marta Abramowicz – Campaign Against Homophobia, Poland
Greg Czarnecki – Campaign Against Homophobia, Poland

“Shake Your Polka” – Polish Party

Starting at 9pm - Mehanata-Bulgarian Bar. 113 Ludlow street. http://www.mehanata.com/home.htm. Voluntary contribution at the door