Standing Shoulder to Shoulder at the ‘Solidarity Is Our Weapon Tour’ 

What an amazing week last week was. Whether you were near or far thanks to you all for making the Solidarity Is Our Weapon Tour so mind blowing.

Special thanks to the following legends for taking the time out from all you do in Poland for visiting

  • Avtomat – Queer composer, producer, DJ and vocalist
  • Monika Pacyfka Tichy – Women’s Strike and Pride organiser
  • Łukasz Jurewicz – Stonewall Poznan activist, queer show producer and host
  • Szymon Adamczak – Dramaturg, theatre and performance maker
  • Jakub Skrzypek – Street activist and mobiliser in a wide range of Polish liberation movements

Here’s some pictures Solidarity our Weapon Tour: Polish – UK Queer crew, videos and speeches to warm your hearts. In the meantime to be added to the MPQA email discussion list email and sign up to the Make Poland Queer Again internal organisers facebook page and public page if you are not already! 

Looking forward to up-the-anti together as we approach a new year! Lots of ideas have been sparked such as supporting the activist civil disobedience with a series of transnational actions, supporting the London screening of 7 – MY SIERPINA and mass activist skillshares across our movements. In the meantime sign up to the Make Poland Queer Again internal organisers facebook page and public page if you are not already! 

Mega love to Flying Capybara Films for the videoNaomi Gabriel for the poster design,  Aaron Bergmann for the photos, The Glory for hosting us, Gay Liberation Front, Polish Migrants Organise for Change, Farsa, The Guerilla Foundation, Het Actiefonds, Network for Social Change, The Feminist Library, London Action Resource Centre (LARC), The Bishopsgate Institute, Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time, SLAV 4, Redfish, Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM), Dziewuchy London, Queer Polonia, Rainbow Poland in the UK and ALL OUT.

Mega love and solidarity, Make Poland Queer Again XXX

A message from Mike Jackson, Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM)

‘Gethin, Ray and myself from Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners were pleased to meet young LGBT+ Polish activists in London in late November. They told us about the struggles they are currently up against in Poland from the government, the church and the far right but they also told us about their victories and determination to keep on fighting for their rights. We compared their struggles today with ours in the 1980s such as Thatcher’s wilful ignoring of the AIDS epidemic which caused unnecessary hardship to those affected by the disease, the pernicious Section 28 which she introduced and the general background of attacks on the working class, especially the trade unions.

The Polish activists are working with activists in London on the ‘Make Poland Queer Again’ campaign and all are keen to increase international support, solidarity and financial help. Back home they are organising Pride marches in cities and towns where it has never happened before, encountering harsh resistance and enthusiastic support in equal measure, they are setting up support groups and community centres where resources allow. It is a tough but interesting time for them. Their cause is just, their courage and determination inspirational and in the end they will win but LGBT+ people in countries where our rights have been won must now stand shoulder-to-shoulder with those still fighting for their rights.

A message from Marzena Zukowska – Polish Migrants Organise for Change

‘Last week, I experienced a profound moment of radical joy. I was invited to speak at an event at The Glory in London hosted by Make Poland Queer Again. I had never been surrounded by so many queer and nonbinary Polish people. It was cathartic.

When I reflect on my home country, I recognise the rise in homophobia, toxic border regimes and attacks on women’s rights are not unique to Poland. In fact, it’s dangerous to pathologise Poland as being uniquely homophobic. It underestimates the global power of these ideologies.
From Johnson in the UK to Bolsonaro in Brazil to Trump in the US to Modi in India to Orban in Hungary, conservative governments have passed laws and spread narratives in the service of fascism.

By fascism, I mean a consolidation of capitalist nationalist power that keep wealthy white cisgender heterosexual ablebodied men in control. It’s predicated on control of our bodies – queer and trans bodies, women’s bodies, immigrant bodies, Black bodies. It thrives on suppression of democracy and dissent and narratives that pit communities against each other. Poland’s Law & Justice Party is not just motivated by social conservatism. It’s channeling a political strategy to maintain power.

As leftists, we often underestimate how well-organised conservative movements are. Campaigners like Kaja Godek & Ordo Iuris are constantly sharing finances, best practices and messaging with homophobic and anti-abortion groups in other countries.

We too need to get organised. Global solidarity is our greatest weapon. This means rejecting divide and conquer narratives that isolate us and our power. Our identities do not exist in isolation. If we fight for the rights of queer/trans folks, then we must reject border regimes to stand up for migrants. If we’re willing to protest in front of the Polish Embassy for reproductive freedoms, then we must be ready to say Black Lives Matter. Our liberation is tied to one another.
Thank you Aaron Bergmannn for the gorgeous photos: Dan Glass for the chance to speak; Gay Liberation Front UK legend Stuart Feather for sharing wisdom; xrol for the gorgeous performance; and all of the Polish activists and speakers Monika Tichy Kajetan Łukomski Jaroslaw Ploszajski Kubiak Magda Oljejor Łukasz Jurewicz and so many others. I’m humbled.’

A message from Monika Tichy, Lambda Szczecin

Wracamy z Londynu, co udało nam się zrobić przez ostatni tydzień?
Ten tydzień był bardzo intensywny dla osób członkowskich naszego stowarzyszenia. Na zaproszenie koalicji Make Poland Queer Again -założonej przez Dan Glass i Monika Tichy – spędziłyśmy niezapomniane kilka dni nawiązując nowe współprace i wymieniając się doświadczeniem.

Brałyśmy udział w wydarzeniu z okazji wydania przez Sarę Shulman książki “Let the record show”, gdzie zobaczyłyśmy film dokumentalny … 

We’re coming back from London, what have we managed to do over the last week?
This week has been very intense for members of our association. At the invitation of the Make Poland Queer Again coalition – founded by Dan Glass i Monika Tichy – we spent a few unforgettable days building new collaborations and sharing experiences.

We attended an event to celebrate Sara Shulman’s release of the book “Let the record show” where we saw a documentary about Act Up from New York, we heard the history of living activists of this movement in the 80s. and 90. and we contacted them for the possible sharing of their know-how and training on the subject of direct activist actions about the character that Act Up used and uses in the fight against the AIDS pandemic.

We went on a tour of London with a still-living Gay Liberation Front UK activist – Stuartem Feather, who showed us the capital of the UK as he remembers from his youth when he fought for LGBT+ rights. He told us about police brutality, indifference of politicians and ways to deal with discrimination.

Polish activist and playwright living in Amsterdam – Szymon Adamczak – gave us a lecture on the history of one of the activists in the 70s. – Bobie Mellorsie, who was murdered in Warsaw. The story of his life and murder was completed by Simon’s tracing his story, which had a huge meaning to the still living GLF activists and activists who didn’t know what happened to their friend.

In The Glory club there was a special meeting with Monika TichyŁukasz Jurewicz , Kajetan Łukomski, Jakub Skrzypek from Poland and other activists permanently residing in Lon pumpkins but those involved in Poland’s affairs are there. We watched the documentary “Never again – fighting the far right”, and after that we discussed the situation in Poland with a hall full of people interested in the situation in our country. We answered questions about LGBT free zones, Polish fascism, Margot Szutowicz, Polish March for Equality and international relations.

Thanks to Dani – a non-binary activist from London – we went on a Queer Tour around the city, listening to the queer SOHO culture from the 20s. and 30. of the last century. We know where the first official (then also) gay clubs opened, where the first scandals appeared after leaving the closet of local artists and where unfortunately mass arrests of the queer community took place.

On the last day we went to a meeting with the living members of LGSM – Lesbians and gays supporting miners. The organization based on which the film “Proud and Furious” was created (English. PRIDE). We saw the legendary Gay’s The Word bookstore and discussed a strategy for linking anti-current activism paths with various professional groups – just as LGSM combined forces with miners back then.

Thank you very much for the invitation and we are sure that our cooperation will bear a lot of activist fruits.

Solidarity forever!


11.11.21 – For Immediate Release – London welcomes Polish ‘Stonewall’ activists uniting against the ‘Stop LGBT+’ bill.

Human rights movements in the UK are uniting to welcome the ‘Make Poland Queer Again’ Tour in light of the latest news from the Polish Government who are trying to push through the ‘STOP LGBT’ law that would ban Prides.

International solidarity is vital to support what is being referred to as the Polish ‘Stonewall’ uprising (1). The purpose of the delegation is to welcome four leading LGBTQIA+ Pride activists and artists on the frontline of confronting the Polish Governments sexist and homophobic ‘LGBT+ Free Zone ideology.’ 

The launch night is being held at premier East London LGBTQI+ venue ‘The Glory’ entitled ‘Solidarity is Our Weapon.’(2)


‘From the start, the London Gay Liberation Front stood in solidarity with oppressed people worldwide. No one will be truly free until we are all free. Bob Mellors, who was co-founder of GLF here, decided to emigrate to Warsaw and was so happy there. The Gay Liberation Front London sends revolutionary greetings and deep admiration at your bravery in taking part in the triumph for love and justice that was Pride this year.’ Nettie Pollard, Gay Liberation Front (GLF) 

“The rise in homophobia, anti-immigrant sentiment and attacks on women’s rights is not unique to Poland. Across the globe, from the UK to Brazil, from Poland to India, we have seen conservative governments and far-right politicians seed divisions and pit our communities against each other. Solidarity in our activism is our greatest weapon. If we fight for the rights of queer and trans folks, then we must also reject border regimes to stand up for migrant communities. If we are advocating for reproductive freedom, then we must be ready to say Black Lives Matter. Our liberation is tied to one another.” Marzena Zukowska, Dziewuchy London

Being an activist in Poland is hard. Before I met Dan, the ‘Make Poland Queer Again’ network, and other bright souls from London, I thought Europe doesn’t care about us. Now I know they do care, they want to help and take part in our fight. I’m so excited to visit London and meet activists who fought for equality many years before I was born. Meeting them will be so inspiring!’ Łukasz Jurewicz, Stonewall Poznan activist, queer show producer and host

Six years of constant fight against The Dark Side is devastating. We are like the Rebellion, hammering X-Wings in a garage when the evil Empire of the cath-church and gov’t  has the Death Star and a whole fleet of Star Destroyers. Brave London activists and the history they made helps us with the message that no matter how small you are, the Good finally wins. Travel to the Fighters who brought the whole nation from penalizing same-sex love to same sex marriage in their lifetime will give us hope and energy to continue our struggle. We’ll also pay honors to Suffragettes to whom we are indebted for voting rights we have today. May the Queer Force be with us.’ Monika Tichy, Women’s Strike and Pride organiser

‘As a Polish queer living in London, the thought of going back home to Poland frightens me. It makes me sad that that’s where we are now, in the 21st century. That queer Polish people have to be afraid to be themselves or to even be in our home country… That’s why we fight – at home and abroad. For queer freedom everywhere!’ Magda Oljejor from the Feminst Library, academic and activist  

‘Moments like these are vital for us to maintain the fight for equality in Poland – we don’t feel left alone, there’s a clear, tangible proof that our trials and tribulations are being seen. Getting funding and creating think-tanks are just as important as that perception of being a part of a bigger, worldwide community that won’t leave us to the wolves.’ Avtomat, Queer composer, producer, DJ and vocalist

‘The Muslim LGBT Network have stood in solidarity with the Polish community and made our presence felt at the Polish embassy in the UK, where we joined Polish Rainbow UK and the Polish LGBT Network in condemnation of ‘Make Poland Queer Again’ and ‘LGBT+ Free Zone ideology.’ We welcome the tour to the UK. As LGBTQ+ Muslims, we are part of a global struggle for human rights and fully support our Polish allies in all their endeavors. Solidarity!’ Muslim LGBT Network Coordinator and human rights activist – Ejel Khan

‘I am joyful to witness new forms of transnational solidarity among queer people and our allies across the borders. In my artistic and research oriented work I’ve turned recently to investigate our shared past. Story of Bob Mellors is a deeply humane one, it is a tale of love, liberation, desire and mutual curiosity between the West and the East. Bob asked (himself), repeatedly: What can the West actually offer to the East? What can we, today, offer to one another, in this moment of time, “in this economy?” Let’s talk, okay? We’re only beginning.’ Szymon Adamczak, Dramaturg, theatre and performance maker

Notes to Editors

  1. ID Magazine – Watch our documentary on Poland’s modern Stonewall –
  2. Monday Nov 21st – Buy your tickets ‘Solidarity Is Our Weapon’ tickets here – suggested donation £5 – and join us at the Glory from 7.30pm ( . We will have a screening of ‘Never Again – Fighting the Polish Far Right’ and a panel and Q+A with 

Followed by a Performance by Xrol from SLAV 4U – the UK’s Polish drag collective and the world’s biggest queer Polish party celebrating Slavic culture and Polish pop! Na zdrowie! and then 9.30 – 10.30 – Premier UK set by Avtomat! All profits go to Lambda Szczecin and Fundacja Ocalenie.

Contacts – for all press requests and interviews with the Polish activists

Dan Glass, Make Poland Queer Again – 

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Dearest, queerest, 

With the latest news of the Polish Government trying to push through the ‘STOP LGBT’ law that would ban Prides altogether let us show our Polish friends loud and proud that ‘SOLIDARITY IS OUR WEAPON’ at the opening night of their UK tour on Monday 22nd November. Pls share this amongst all your networks. 

Buy your tickets ‘Solidarity Is Our Weapon’ tickets here -suggested donation £5 – and join us at the Glory from 7.30pm. We will have a screening of‘Never Again – Fighting the Polish Far Right’ and a panel and Q+A with 

Followed by a Performance by Xrol from SLAV 4U – the UK’s Polish drag collective and the world’s biggest queer Polish party celebrating Slavic culture and Polish pop! Na zdrowie! and then 9.30 – 10.30 –Premier UK set by Avtomat!

With thanks to The Glory / The Gay Liberation Front (GLF) / Farsa / SLAV 4 / Redfish and ALL OUT / Naomi on graphics!