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LGBTQ+ People Flee Poland as Homophobic President Is Sworn In

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sworn in to a second five-year term Thursday morning.Duda ran on an anti-LGBTQ+ platform, promising to outlaw same-sex marriage (which is not allowed in Poland anyway) and bar same-sex couples from adopting children, among many other measures.Now a significant number of LGBTQ+ people in Poland have decided to buy a one-way ticket out, although the queer exodus began long before today.LGBTQ+ Poles began escaping what they deem “homophobia promoted by the highest levels of government” as early as five years ago, when the archconservative Law and Justice party, headed by Duda, became the nation's ruling party, the Associated Press reports.Duda won reelection in a close race against challenger Rafal Trzaskowski, the mayor of Warsaw.

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