From Rainbow Madonnas to Rainbow Families: LGBTQ Protest Movements in Poland and Hungary

Monday, October 25, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM


Free but register in advance


The discriminative politics and hateful rhetoric of the Hungarian and Polish authoritarian governments have put the local LGBTQ communities under increased attacks in recent years. Polish municipalities have declared themselves “LGBT-free zones” and prosecuted the protesting activists. Meanwhile, the Hungarian parliament revised the constitution to legally establish that in a family “the mother is a woman, the father a man,” and also passed a law that bans the “promotion” of sexual orientation in schools and in other public institutions. This panel, with the participation of artists, activists, and scholars, will discuss the different ways in which these illiberal states limit the rights and affect the everyday lives of the LGTBQ communities, and explore the strategies with which artists, lawyers, and organizers challenge these state implemented restrictions and oppressive ideologies.


Sylwia Gregorczyk-Abram, human rights lawyer (Poland); 2021 World Fellow

Agnieszka Holland, film director (Poland)

Bartosz Staszewski, artist and activist (Poland)

Kriszta Székely, theater director (Hungary)

Zsolt Szekeres, senior legal officer (Hungary)

Convener and Moderator: Anikó Szűcs, Postdoctoral Associate (REEES Program, Yale)

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Attributions of Photographers:

Agnieszka Holland – Photographer Jacek Poremba

Sylwia Gregorczyk-Abram – Photographer Maciej Zienkiewicz

Szekeres Zsolt – Photographer István Bielik

Kriszta Székely – Photographer Áron Süveg

Bart Staszewski – Photographer Bart Staszewski

Open To:

Arts and Humanities, Cultural and International, Law, Politics and Society, Panel Discussions and Roundtables


Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Program; European Studies Council at the MacMillan Center


European Studies Council