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After A LGBTQ Pride Sculpture In Poland Was Repeatedly Burned Down, Advocates Created A New, ‘Unbreakable’ One

The artwork has become a symbol of the fight for equal rights in the conservative country.

After a previous rainbow sculpture celebrating LGBTQ Pride in Warsaw in Warsaw was repeatedly vandalized, a new one was unveiled this week that advocates and allies are calling "unbreakable." The new rainbow, in the city's Zbawiciela Square, is a hologram projected on a curtain of water, making it resistant to most forms of defacement. Organizers hope that the new sculpture will help raise awareness of the fight for marriage equality in Poland. 

"Our message is: love is love, we want to bring as many people into the movement as possible over the next few years," Ola Muzinska, chairperson of the Love Does Not Exclude, one of the organizers of the rainbow, told the Telegraph

In 2012, a rainbow made of artificial flowers was installed in Warsaw only to be taken down in 2015 after it was repeatedly set on fire. The Telegraph explained that the fight to keep up the original rainbow became, for many, a symbol of the fight for equal rights in the country. 

The latest ranking of LGBTQ equality across Europe by the International Lesbian, Gay, Trans and Intersex Association listed Poland was the second-most homophobic of the 28 countries that are part of the European Union. The country's constitution currently includes a definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The Associated Press notes that despite these challenges, the mood of Pride Parade held in Warsaw this weekend, during which the rainbow was illuminated, was celebratory. 

"People are fed up with feeling like they are under a boot and being trampled down," Hubert Sobecki, president of Love Does Not Exclude, told the AP. "And they are reacting, they are organizing, they are resisting."

Cover image via Shutterstock / lazyllama

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