Campaign Against Homophobia (original name: Kampania Przeciw Homofobii, abbreviation: KPH) is a Polish LGBT organization, which aims to promote legal and social equality for people outside the heteronorm. It was founded in Warsaw in September 2001 and since it has grown to the biggest non-governmental organization of this kind in Poland. It has local branches in Kraków, Wrocław, Łódź, Tricity, Toruń and Silesia region. KPH and Lambda Association, which very often cooperate (for example within specially formed foundations that organize events like Warsaw Pride and Culture For Tolerance Festival in Kraków) are together are the largest organizations of this kind in Poland.
President: Robert Biedroń.
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:
- intergation parties,
- meetings with politicians, academics,
- political lobbying
- providing legal and psychological counseling, inter alia at the internet portal www.mojeprawa.info
- publishing LGBT-rights quarterly Replika,
- publishing leaflets on various subjects,
- human rights law and practice monitoring,
- cooperation with similar organizations from other countries and international bodies
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 homosexualism on unpredescented scale in Poland. Arguments, that these photos would 'promote deviations' caused outdoor advertisement companies to withrawn from contracts on displaying them. As result the photos were displayed in art galleries. This however, was the point when according to some, discrimation became apparent and obvious (and publicised about) in Poland for the first time. (English)(Polish)
- 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.(Polish)
- Festiwal Kultura dla Tolerancji w Krakowie (Culture for Tolerance in Cracow Festival) - This annual Kraków-based Festival co-organized by KPH, features conferences, workshops, movie screenings, and parties. Its symbol is the famous Tolerance March that each year is being bashed by a massive nationalist counterdemonstration.
Most of the criticism comes from the Polish right-wing politicians, who do not support purposes of KPH, nor the gay emancipation. Other critics point to several links between KPH and post-communist or socialist political parties, and claim that KPH is a means of gaining recognition and popularity by the KPH's top-people. Some people criticize its participation in organizing public gay rights marches - which usually inflict violent counter-demonstrations, and suggest concentrating on other activities.
See also Edit
- Campaign Against Homophobia main website
- local website: KPH branch in the city of Toruń
- local website: KPH branch in the city of Wrocław
- local website: KPH branch in the city of Kraków
- local website: KPH branch in the Tricity metropolis
- LGBT rights in Poland
- Civil unions in Poland
- Guide to current situation of Polish LGBT people by ILGA-Europe
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