Love Does Not Exclude Association — Stowarzyszenie Miłość Nie Wyklucza is a national non-governmental organization committed to introducing marriage equality in Poland. Our goal is to ensure the right to marry for all, regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity.
- We believe that full equality means marriage equality for all.
- We believe that all families have the right to be happy, safe and respected.
- We believe that Love Does Not Exclude.
In order to work effectively we need to be independent. This means we can not accept public funding and have to rely on community donations. Support us and help bring the change in Poland!
Who we are
Love Does Not Exclude was founded in 2009 (at first as an informal group) by a team of activists, volunteers and allies committed to securing full equality for LGBT+ persons, especially in terms of their right to marry. Based in Warsaw, we work on a national level, cooperating with several LGBT+ organizations as well as other groups, institutions and individuals who share our ideals of equality.
- To educate and to promote the idea of marriage equality in Poland
- To build a community of allies, public persons, non-governmental organizations and political parties supporting the right to marry for all
- To support and strengthen the LGBT+ community in Poland
- To gather knowledge and know-how
- To create legal tools for preparing the introduction of marriage equality law in Poland.
Warsaw Mayor Signs the LGBT+ Declaration
On Monday 18th February 2019 Rafał Trzaskowski, the Mayor of Warsaw, signed the LGBT+ Declaration, the first document of its kind in Central-Eastern Europe. Written and negotiated by the Love Does Not Exclude (Miłość Nie Wyklucza) Association’s initiative, the Declaration guarantees the fulfillment of some of the basic needs of the LGBT+ community, enabling the local administration to provide what the national government refuses to administer. Main points of the declaration include:
- Creation of the LGBT+ Interventional Hostel will be a shelter and safe haven for all those in need. Many teenagers lose their housing after coming out to their family members and get rejected by them. Transgender people very often encounter problems within their work environment or struggle to find a job at all, consequently becoming unable to pay the rent. The Hostel can prevent them from being stripped of one of basic human rights which is to have a place to live.
- Creation of the LGBT+ Community Center should be a way to build a stronger, self-supporting, self-organised, and more aware community of people who inspire and help each other, supporting grassroots movements by creating safe environment for meetings, independent activities, and reaching for help.
- The ‘Lighthouse Keeper’ project aims to prevent victimisation of children and adolescents on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity in school environment. Every student will gain access to anti-discrimination and sex education.
- Introduction of local crisis intervention system will address emergency cases, where immediate psychological and legal support is needed.
Equality Prom Dance
„The Equality Prom Dance stands for marching into the future and this is why we want to dance to it. We want to march into a better future, better for Poland, better for us, where we show tolerance towards one another, love one another and we are sensitive towards each others’ needs. We all have a right to love whoever we choose.” The following motion picture was filmed during the Prom at Bednarska High School 19.01.2019. Visit polonezrówności.pl to see how you may support the movement.
Love Always Wins!
On June 8, day before the Warsaw Pride, the iconic Rainbow monument, previously removed after being burned down by homophobic vandals, has returned for one evening to the city center! The event has been organized by Love Does Not Exclude Association, Equality Parade, and Ben&Jerry’s Poland was a symbol of love, equality, and reconciliation. It was a manifesto of a wish for Warsaw to become a city where everyone can feel safe and respected.
It is also the first step in a campaign for marriage equality which aims to introduce same-sex marriage law in Poland, because Love Does Not Exclude!
What we do
- Marriage Equality. Beginners’ Guide
- Continuous social campaign
We have been running a continuous social campaign for the right to marry since 2009. Our legal experts co-wrote the civil unions bills introduced to the Polish parliament in 2013.
- Social media
We reach a community of more than 30 thousand followers via social media. We run one of the most visible fanpages addressing LGBT+ issues in Poland. We react, inform and engage.