The aim of the project is to prepare the LGBT+ community in Poland for the 2023 parliamentary elections, in which we anticipate an aggressive election campaign using disinformation. In 2019-2020, a coordinated propaganda campaign targeting LGBT+ people was conducted during three election campaigns. It culminated with the Polish President Andrzej Duda’s statement: “LGBT is not people, it is an ideology”. In this project, we prepare the infrastructure and content for communication in support of LBGT+ people during the upcoming elections.
We define this communication in two ways. Firstly, as countering disinformation through fact-checking, analysis of political programmes and statements by election candidates. Secondly, as creating a positive narrative that builds a sense of empowerment, civic responsibility and hope among LGBT+ people and their allies. As part of the project, we coordinate task groups’ activities at the regional level, provide experts and prepare the infrastructure and content for a knowledge-based social campaign. We are launching an early detection and response system for new ‘anti-LGBT’ campaigns. We are preparing a reliable, non-polarising narrative on LGBT+ rights. We will ensure that such a narrative is present in the media during the election campaign.