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In a recent interview, Deputy Justice Minister Krzysztof Śmiszek shed light on the ongoing struggle for LGBTQ rights in Poland, Ukraine, and even the United States. As the country’s only openly gay Cabinet minister, Śmiszek occupies a pivotal position in the fight for equality and acceptance.

The political landscape in Poland is complex. The Civil Coalition, led by former Prime Minister Donald Tusk, secured a majority in the Sejm, Poland’s lower house of parliament. However, President Andrzej Duda, known for his opposition to LGBTQ rights, remains in office as part of the governing coalition. This political dichotomy reflects the deep divide within the country on LGBTQ issues.

Śmiszek, a member of the New Left party, has been a vocal advocate for LGBTQ rights. His personal journey and experiences have fueled his commitment to fighting for equality. Born in Stalową Wola, an area close to the Ukrainian and Slovakian borders, he now represents Wrocław, Poland’s third-largest city.

A lawyer by profession, Śmiszek’s involvement with the Campaign Against Homophobia, a local LGBTQ rights group, paved the way for his political career. His partner, former MP Robert Biedroń, further strengthens the representation of LGBTQ voices in Polish politics, as Biedroń is now a member of the European Parliament.

The fight for LGBTQ rights extends beyond Poland’s borders. Ukraine, another neighboring country, faces its own challenges in achieving equality for the LGBTQ community. Śmiszek’s perspective encompasses a broader global context, recognizing the interconnectedness of struggles and the need for collaboration across nations.

While progress may be slow, LGBTQ advocates like Deputy Justice Minister Krzysztof Śmiszek continue to push for change with unwavering determination. Their efforts serve as a testament to the resilience and strength of marginalized communities fighting for their rights around the world.