British ambassador wears defiant rainbow face mask in Poland

British ambassador and embassy workers in Poland donned Pride flag-patterned face masks and lanyards on Sunday (May 17) in a small but defiant gesture against the country’s rising opposition against the LGBT+ community.
Seemingly in perfect parallel to one another, the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS)– whose poisonous anti-LGBT+ policies where a plank of its election campaign last year – were voted into power as one-third of Poland self-declared as “LGBT-free zones”.
PiS lawmakers dubbed queer folk a “threat” all the while urine, rocks and firecrackers were lobbed at Pride-goers in 2019.
To mark International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), team staff at the British Embassy in Warsaw wore LGBT+ Pride-themed protective masks to celebrate, a news piece from the British government stated.
“While right now we all need to focus on fighting COVID-19, we must not forget to continue protecting the values in which we believe,” British Ambassador to Poland, Jonathan Knott, said in a statement.

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