Poland is one of the most openly homophobic and transphobic countries of Europe, going so far that Lech Kaczyński, the current President, stating during a visit to Ireland that homosexuality would lead to the eventual destruction of the human race. Not surprisingly, he and several other homophobic politicians (including his twin brother, Jarosław Kaczyński, the former President) have generated a great deal of ill feeling amongst LGBT organisations world-wide.

It takes a lot to stand up to an atmosphere like that, where homophobia and transphobia are pretty much institutionalised and backed up by the very strong Catholic church there. However, that’s exactly what Swedish furniture company Ikea is doing.

With a track record for openly showing gay couples in its catalogues, the company is facing a boycott of its stores led by a well known Catholic news site and portal, Fronda.pl. As Grzegorz Górny, editor in chief of Fronda.pl puts it:

“Treating single-sex relationships on a par with married couples is impermissible. IKEA’s publication is a promotion of a particular style of living, which does not deserve public propagation. This is connected with the strategy of accustoming people to homosexual relationships and then of legalising such relationships. This is done to establish their picture in society as equal and then to legalise them.”

Poland is a very strong Catholic country and this sort of boycott could seriously damage sales for Ikea in Poland, yet the company is refusing to back down and that’s rare of too many of today’s corporations.

Dziękuje, Ikea!*

Read more here:

Pink News: Polish Catholics boycott IKEA over catalogue “promoting” homosexuality

* ‘Thank you, Ikea’ in Polish

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10 Comments to “Ikea standing up for LGBT rights in Poland”

  1. RYErnest says:

    Nice post u have here :D Added to my RSS reader

  2. Aga W says:

    I hate IKEA

  3. Aga W says:

    The Polish catholic milieu connected with the Fronda.pl community portal has taken action of boycotting IKEA, which is a firm promoting homosexualism by means of presenting two homosexuals as an example of a family in the company’s catalogue. The consumer boycott campaign has evoked a significant response from the media. The catalogue with the homosexual “family” has outraged Catholics in the whole Poland. The campaign of sending protests to IKEA is in progress. The response is strong. The biggest Polish daily newspapers and Internet portals inform about the campaign and Catholics issue appeals for boycotting IKEA on catholic and right-wing websites. “I would not like to cease doing shopping in IKEA but if the firm does not stop promoting homosexual relationships, I will, unfortunately, feel compelled to do so and I will notify about it all the people I know so that they do the same”, writes in her letter one of the outraged customers of IKEA.

    What does IKEA have to say about it? “Homosexualism is one of the essential elements of living in contemporary society”, says Karolina Horoszczak, the spokesperson for the chain. She announces that the company will not withdraw the catalogue and that Catholics’ protests are of no significance to the company. “Such treatment of catholic customers is unacceptable. This is trampling on catholic moral values and on our faith”, says one of the participants of the protest from the Fronda.pl portal.

    “Treating single-sex relationships on a par with married couples is impermissible”, concludes Grzegorz Górny, the editor-in-chief of “Fronda” quarterly. The IKEA’s publication is a promotion of a particular style of living, which does not deserve public propagation.

    This is connected with the strategy of accustoming people to homosexual relationships and then of legalising such relationships. This is done to establish their picture in society as equal and then to legalise them.

    Polish Catholics have shown that they are able to fight for Christian values. They have said NO to moral decay. Without respecting these values, IKEA puts itself at risk of being perceived in Poland as a firm that poses a threat to the Christian understanding of a family and, therefore, of being unwelcome in numerous Polish homes.

  4. Aga W says:

    you talk rubbish

  5. Something says:

    “Homosexuality is one of the essential elements of living in contemporary society.” Haha love that answer IKEA gave. Instead of saying sorry or something like that they dished out a nice plate of polite “fuck you” and said its okay to be gay.

  6. Admin says:

    Yup… I really respect Ikea taking this stance. In a country where it is hard to be gay, having a big company like that stand up for you is very cool indeed. They let their ethics do the talking, not their bank accounts and did something really good for the LGB community in a very anti-LGB environment.

  7. Admin says:

    Thank you for your comment… It’s good to hear the other side of the argument.

    When Polish Catholics say “NO to moral decay”, the LGBT world and enlightened companies such as Ikea say “NO to bigotry and hatred”. I am deeply impressed with Ikea sticking to their guns and not folding under the economic pressure they will face with this boycott.

    I cannot say that I understand or agree with your arguments. I believe wholeheartedly that the bigotry and hatred shown in this sort of boycott is a bigger sign of moral decay than letting LGBT people live their lives as part of a world-wide community and economy. If a gay or lesbian couple live a life together, married or not, it doesn’t affect a single part of a heterosexual person’s life, unless they let their homophobia make it an issue for them.

  8. Em says:

    Hmmmm… I hate Ikea. That’s a good argument.

  9. Admin says:

    you talk rubbish

    Another good, well reasoned argument there!!!! :)

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