Polish married gay couple, Dawid Mycek and Jakub Kwiecinski, took to the streets of Gdansk, Poland, earlier this month to distribute rainbow face masks to passersby.
It is currently mandatory to wear a protective mask in public spaces in Poland. The couple has given out 300 rainbow masks.
The drive behind this act of kindness goes beyond a desire to support the community against COVID-19 as the couple leveraged the opportunity to shine a light on the treatment and attitude toward LGBTQ people in the country.
In a statement reported by Reuters, 37-year-old Kwiecinski said that as a gay couple they face frequent mistreatment and prejudice in Poland for being part of the “homosexual plague.”
“So we thought that if we are dealing right now with a real plague (the new coronavirus) we could help protect people from this plague and do something good,” he said.
Poland is currently governed by the conservative Law and Justice party (PiS), whose politicians and people close to the party, including those in state-run media and some of the leaders of the influential Roman Catholic Church, have spoken openly about the LGBTQ community in a way that can only be described as vile and discriminatory.
In 2019, Poland was condemned by the European Commission for adopting resolutions attacking LGBTQ rights.
“The situation of LGBT people in Poland is getting worse I would say day by day, we have the right-wing in power… the Law and Justice party and they are against LGBT,” Kwiecinski said.
Poland is planning to hold its presidential elections on May 10.