The perfect enemy: From migrants to sexual minorities

Siri Gloppen, Lise Rakner (2019)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Brief no. 2019:05) 4 p.

Siri Gloppen and Lise Rakner have written a brief as part of the ‘Political determinants of sexual and reproductive health: criminalisation, health impacts and game changers’ and ‘Sexual and reproductive rights: global battles’ projects.

Why did Poland’s conservative government, the Law and Justice Party, launch an attack on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people (LGBT) as part of their 2019 European Parliamentary elections campaign? The ruling nationalist party aimed to stem a decline in its popularity ahead of the elections by arguing that the opposition’s support for sex-education that recognizes LGBT people, is a threat to Polish culture and should be stopped. Poland’s governing party is far from alone in seizing on sexual minorities for mobilization purposes.