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.
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* ‘Thank you, Ikea’ in Polish
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