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Advice for LGBT+ Musicians Working in Poland

Nearly a third of Poland has been declared an LGBT+ free zone, as 100 local authorities have said they will not promote LGBT+ tolerance or acceptance. This includes funding NGOs working to promote equality.

Published: 10 March 2020 | 12:00 AM Updated: 21 July 2021 | 3:55 PM
Photograph of a Polish LGBT+ flag.
The MU proudly stands with our LGBT+ members and expresses solidarity with LGBT+ people in Poland. Photo credit: Shutterstock

It’s deeply concerning that LGBT+ people in Poland are living in an atmosphere of fear and violence.

The MU proudly stands with our LGBT+ members and expresses solidarity with LGBT+ people in Poland. Nobody should have to be hide their sexuality or gender identity to participate in public life.

MU members planning to work in Poland should make themselves aware of the situation before travelling.

Advice for musicians travelling to Poland for work

Musicians travelling to Poland for work should:

  • Check gov.uk for the latest travel advice for Poland
  • Check online discussion forums, blogs and websites of local and regional LGBT+ groups for information on social attitudes and areas to avoid
  • Make sure everyone travelling is provided with as much information as possible and have a clear plan of action if something does go wrong
  • Leave details of your itinerary, contact information for the hotels you’re staying in, and flight numbers with someone at home, so they know when and where you’re travelling to

If you do experience a problem or are worried about your safety, you can ask the local British Embassy or consulate for help. The support consulate staff can provide to all British nationals is explained in ‘Support for British nationals abroad: a guide’.

Advice for musicians considering travelling to Poland for work

Musicians worried about travelling because of their sexuality or gender identity should discuss this directly with their employer or engager.

If you have concerns but are not out at work, or you don’t feel comfortable discussing your concerns with your employer or engager, you can contact your MU Regional Office who can act on your behalf. The MU will never disclose details about your sexuality or gender identity without your prior consent.

If you do decline an opportunity to work in a country hostile to LGBT+ people, your career should not be affected. Members of the LGBT+ community have protected characteristics (Sexual Orientation and/or Gender Reassignment) under the Equality Act 2010 and are therefore protected from discrimination.

Working for equality

The MU is behind every musician. Representing workers from every section of society regardless of their cultural background, sex, age or sexual orientation lies at the very heart of what we do.

Register to get involved in our LGBT+ members network.

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