Campaign Against Homophobia

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Campaign Against Homophobia (original name: Kampania Przeciw Homofobii, abbreviation: KPH) is a Polish LGBT organisation, which aims to promote legal and social equality for people outside the heteronorm. It was founded in Warsaw in September 2001.

It has local branches in Kraków, Wrocław, Łódź, Tricity, Toruń and Silesia region. KPH and Lambda Warszawa Association, which very often cooperate (for example within specially formed foundations that organise events like Warsaw Pride and Culture for Tolerance Festival in Kraków) are together the largest[citation needed] NGO organisations of this kind in Poland.

Presidents:

  • from 11 September 2001 to 22 February 2009 Robert Biedroń
  • from 22 February 2009 to 18 July 2010 Marta Abramowicz
  • from 18 July 2010 to 26 February 2012 Tomasz Szypuła
  • Current president: Agata Chaber (from 26 February 2012)

KPH aims to contribute to establishing a tolerant society, in which gay, lesbian, transgender and other minorities feel comfortable in. It undertakes activities in numerous fields:[1]

  • conferences,
  • exhibitions,
  • demonstrations,
  • intergation parties,
  • workshops,
  • meetings with politicians, academics,
  • political lobbying
  • providing legal and psychological counselling, inter alia at the internet portal www.mojeprawa.info
  • publishing LGBT-rights quarterly Replika,
  • publishing leaflets on various subjects,
  • international human rights law and practice monitoring,
  • cooperation with similar organisations from other countries and international bodies

etc.

KPH cooperates with other LGBT organisations associated at ILGA.[2] In past two members of KPH was appointed to the ILGA-Europe executive board in Brussels: Lisette Campus [2], and Tomasz Szypuła.[3] Currently Mirosława Makuchowska is a member of ILGA's executive board.[4](English)

Milestones[edit]

Some of the activities undertaken by KPH have attracted massive publicity, and influenced the Polish public. These include:

  • Niech nas zobaczą (Let Them See Us) - Photographs portraying gay and lesbian couples standing in the streets and holding hands were to be put by KPH on billboards in major Polish cities in 2003. However, before even occurring in the streets, this has caused enormous public outcry, and a debate on homosexuality on unprecedented scale in Poland. Arguments, that these photos would 'promote deviations' caused outdoor advertisement companies to withdraw from contracts on displaying them. As result the photos were displayed in art galleries. This however, was the point when according to some, discrimination became apparent and obvious (and publicised about) in Poland for the first time. [5](English) Niech nas zobaczą(Polish)
  • Berlin-Yogyakarta Exhibition was first shown in October 2009 for three weeks at the prestagious University Library of Warsaw University,[3] where 500 brochures and 200 copies of the Yogyakarta Principles (translated into Polish) were distributed. It was also shown in Liblin, Wroclaw and Gdansk according to the Yogyakarta Principles in Action.[4]
  • Jestem gejem, jestem lesbijką. Poznaj nas. (I'm gay, I'm a lesbian. Get to know us.) - was a tour around Polish universities: with educational meetings for students, teachers, and LGBT-people's parents - and for many, a first opportunity to talk with openly gay people.[6](Polish)
  • Festiwal Kultura dla Tolerancji w Krakowie (Culture for Tolerance in Cracow Festival) - This annual Kraków-based Festival founded by KPH members and organised by Culture for Tolerance Foundation (Fundacja Kultura dla Tolerancji), features conferences, workshops, movie screenings, and parties. Its symbol is a controversial and high-concept art piece by US and EU best authors accompanied by numerous activities.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ A report on activity of the Association Campaign Against Homophobia in 2008 [1] (en.)
  2. ^ "ILGA members list". Ilga-europe.org. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  3. ^ "Report on Berlin-Yogyakarta Exhibition(Polish)". Kph.org.pl. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  4. ^ "Activist's Guide to the Yogyakarta Principles, page 126". Ypinaction.org. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 

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