Law does not exclude
All persons have equal rights, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristics. It is guaranteed by the Polish Constitution and binding international law. But what does the reality look like?
In reality, LGBT + community in Poland is one of the most discriminated groups. There is no equalitarian legislation, very limited protection from hate speech and hate crimes, no marriage equality, no rights for rainbow families, no human rights based legislation on legal gender recognition. These are just examples of the problems that LGBT + community has to face in Poland every day. While we fight for legal changes and systemic solutions to combat them, we couldn’t help asking – is there anything else that we could do here and now?
Yes, we can support LGBT+ community members who need legal advice but don’t have means and resources to obtain it. We can cover the costs of proceedings and remuneration of a lawyer, specialized in LGBT+ rights, who will handle the administrative or court case.
How do we do it? With the Law Does Not Exclude fund.
Any person in a difficult financial situation may apply for funding from the Fund and legal assistance in their case (if related to the protection of LGBT + rights).
Anyone who wants to support underprivileged members of the community and the judicial fight for LGBT + rights, can contribute a selected amount to the Fund.
The bigger the Fund’s budget, the more people we can help!
By supporting Law Does Not Exclude, you:
- enable people in a difficult financial situation to obtain professional, specialized legal support in their case
- support the legal fight for equal rights for LGBT + persons in Poland
- help building a network between lawyers specialized in the protection of LGBT + rights and community members in need of legal advice
- make a statement against the current situation of LGBT + community in Poland and show your will to change it
Details regarding the application process will be published in due course, once the admission is open. Estimated date (depending on whether sufficient funds are raised) – January 2021.
The Advisory Board
- Prof. Jakub Urbanik – Chair of the Board
- Prof. Monika Płatek
- Prof. Mirosław Wyrzykowski
- Adv. Olga Ziegler
Prof. Monika Płatek
An expert in criminal law, human rights and women’s rights, is the professor at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw, heading Criminology Department. She also is associated with Gender Studies at the Polish Academy of Sciences, and co-founder and former President of the Polish Association for Legal Education [PSEP]. She has been awarded the Equality Spectacles (2013), the International Tolerance Award (2014), the Equality Candlestick (2015), the Medal of Honor of the Ghetto Uprising for her activities against xenophobia, nationalism and anti-Semitism (2018), the title of the Woman of the Year of the Women’s Congress (2019) and the Crown of Equality in the “Law” category awarded by the Campaign against Homophobia (2019).
Prof. Jakub Urbanik, Chair of the Board
Law historian specialising in legal awareness in Antiquity and legal tradition of marriage and family in the past and modern era, professor at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw, Head of the Chair Roman law and the law of Antiquity. A legal activist, part-taker of a number of strategic litigations focusing on LGBT+ rights.
Prof. Mirosław Wyrzykowski
Late justice of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Poland, Vice-president of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) of the Council of Europe, former Dean of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw, and founder and the first Chair of the Department of Human Rights at this Faculty, is a constitutional lawyer specialising in human rights, internationally renowned for his work on standards of judicial independence and rule of law preservation.
Adv. Olga Ziegler
Advocate, Senior Associate in real estate department in Dentons Europe Leader of GLOW Europe network at Dentons, engaged in pro bono legal help to LGBTQ+ organisations. Member of Rainbow Lawyers network (created after 7th August events). Privately – lesbian, feminist, surfer, traveller.
Contact – Law Does Not Exclude
+48 512 724 773
Bank transfer details:
Stowarzyszenie Miłość Nie Wyklucza
ul. Wspólna 61/102, 00-687 Warszawa
Bank BNP Paribas
92 1600 1462 1019 9046 5000 0002
IBAN: PL92 1600 1462 1019 9046 5000 0002