Rainbow Face Masks To Combat Both COVID-19 And Homophobia

Almost every country is witnessing a huge augmentation in the coronavirus cases every day. It is more conspicuous in the case of European countries. Well, the same is the situation in Poland too.

Coping up with the basic requirements has also become more of an issue. Poland’s health ministers have reported an enormous amount of new COVID-19 cases. However, this nation has still decided to proceed with the presidential elections this year. On the other hand, there is a concern for equality crippling in its society where homophobia is a common phenomenon. So, a married gay couple decided to fight both COVID-19 as well as homophobia in a unique way.

Jakub Kwiecinski and DawidMycek documented a video where they can be seen distributing rainbow masks in Poland. They began by sewing these masks on their own with the help of a sewing machine they got from their grandma. With a bit handout, they managed to sew 300 masks and distributed them in the tri-city area of Gdańsk, Gdynia, and Sopot.

They were aware of the fact that the condition of the LGBTQ+ community in Poland is still nothing to write home about. As the rainbow pattern stands for gay pride, they were ensuring everyone that there’s nothing to be scared of. They stood up for it amidst the criticism being encouraged by current Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party. The party had already gained the majority of the parliamentary support back in 2015 and managed to get more of it in 2019 too.

They are pretty straight-forward when it comes to the agenda of opposing the legal recognition for the LGBTQ+ community and also the same-sex adoptions. When one-third of Polish municipalities have proclaimed themselves as “LGBT-free zones”, it’s quite clear that this gesture is not intended to promote equality. Moreover, there’s a new bill under consideration by Poland’s parliament. As it says, the teaching of the LGBTQ+ community would be considered as a criminal act as they call it to be “pedophilia”.

The step necessitated by this couple was intended to remove the delusion the Polish citizens have in their minds relating to LGBTQ+ people. And this wasn’t easy at all. When you’re in such a place where there is already enough resistance, even the act of benevolence is tough to perform. To their surprise, people were pleased by this couple’s gesture.

Kwieciński and Mycek were astonished to perceive that people aren’t afraid of or against their community. The 6-minute video has received a lot of praise inundating from everywhere. Kwieciński admitted: “It was great to see that the rainbow didn’t scare people but will help them stay safe. … Many Polish people call us a plague, so we thought if we help people overcome the real plague, they might change their minds. I know it’s naive, but if we can do something good, then why not?”