Poland LGBT Rights:
Homosexual Acts Legal? Yes
Same-sex Relationships Recognized? No
◊ No legal recognition of same-sex unions currently exists in the Polish constitution. Major opposition to same-sex marriages or civil unions comes from the Roman Catholic church, which makes up approximately 95% of the population, with 40% practicing regularly(1).
Same-sex Marriages Allowed? No
Same-sex Adoption Allowed? Yes and No
◊ A single gay person can adopt a child, but no joint adoption by a gay couple is allowed.
Can Gays Serve Openly in the Military? Yes
Anti-discrimination Laws? Yes
◊ Anti-discrimination laws, including discrimination based on sexual orientation, was added to the Polish constitution.
Concerning Gender Identity? Yes
◊ Sex changes are legal, and afterwards birth certificates can be changed.
Cultural Points of Interest:
While in 2004 and 2005 the “Equality Parade” in Warsaw was banned, the country is now hosting the 2010 Europride festival.
Lambda Warszawa – One of the major LGBT NGOs in Poland.
Gay Life – website for the Polish gay community, includes events, news, forums, etc.
Campaign Against Homophobia – a blog run by an NGO organization working in Warsaw that supports human rights and anti-discrimination. They provide relevant news and information for LGBT persons living in Poland. Their main website is:
Europride 2010 – official website for Europride 2010, which runs from July 9 to 18 in Warsaw.