Antoni Porowski takes stand against Poland's "LGBT free zone"
Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski is doing more to fight Poland’s ‘absurd’ LGBT-free zones than homophobe-in-chief Donald Trump.
Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski is doing more to fight Poland’s ‘absurd’ LGBT-free zones than homophobe-in-chief Donald Trump. Queer Eye star Antoni Porowski has spoken out against the “absurd” LGBT-free zones in Poland, the country of his parents’ birth.
The Canadian actor and reality TV chef called on Poland to respect its LGBT citizens as he promoted a petition for the European Union to condemn the crackdown. The petition was handed to European commissioner for equality Helena Dalli on Tuesday (23 September) with more than 300,000 signatures.
“If Poland wants to be part of the EU, then they have to behave accordingly,” Porowski declared in an interview with the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “To have its own people excluding its own population, it seems so absurd and counterintuitive to Polish history.”
Although Porowski grew up in Montreal, he spoke Polish at home and retained strong connections to his parents’ culture. To see this culture now attacking LGBTq people like him is “incredibly frustrating,” he said.
“I remember my father telling me that Poland was not on the map for 400 years, yet they kept their faith, they kept their country,” he recalled. “[Now] they’re fighting against their own.”
He admitted that he hasn’t always been proud of his heritage, but felt he had “a responsibility” to speak up for Poland’s LGBT+ community after hearing about rocks being thrown at a Polish Pride march last year.
“When you hear personal stories like that, it makes it a lot more difficult for me personally to turn a blind eye, and that’s where you feel like you have to do something,” he said.
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