Ofeminin becomes the media patron of Rainbow Friday. This is a celebration that puts LGBT + youth in the center. Her needs, emotions, dreams. – We want every young LGBT + person in Poland to hear that day that it’s okay – says Cecylia Jakubczak from KPH.
- As part of this year’s edition of Rainbow Friday, billboards and posters with the slogans “You are okay” and “It will be fine!” Will appear all over Poland.
- A spot with the participation of young LGBT + people will be broadcast on a large screen in the center of Warsaw
Rainbow Friday is an annual celebration aimed at empowering LGBT + school-age youth. – We want young people from the LGBT + community to know that they have support and are not alone – that there are plenty of people both among adults and their peers who stand behind them – he explains Joanna Skonieczna from KPH, which initiated the campaign in 2016. The LGBT + youth festival is mobile and takes place on the last Friday of October. This year, the celebration of Rainbow Friday is scheduled for October 28.
It’ll be all right!
According to research conducted by KPH in cooperation with the Center for Research on Prejudice at the University of Warsaw, as many as 65 percent. LGBT + youth in Poland have experienced violence, and 75 percent. of them have thoughts of suicide.
Every 10th young LGBT + person has been kicked out of their home.
The number of accepting parents is also falling. These are monstrous statistics that should mobilize everyone to act – says Joanna Skonieczna.
The awareness of the challenges faced by young LGBT + people in Poland pushed KPH to organize a nationwide social campaign on an unprecedented scale this year.
– Rainbow Friday is a holiday that puts LGBT + youth in the center. Her needs, emotions, dreams. We want every young LGBT + person in Poland to hear that day that it’s okay – says Cecylia Jakubczak from KPH and adds – That’s why this year we go out into the public space, putting up posters and billboards with campaign slogans all over Poland, meaning “You’re okay! ” and it is gonna be fine!”.
3,000 posters and billboards will hang, among others in Gdańsk, Lublin, Łódź, Katowice, Gdańsk, Warsaw, Kraków and Świętochłowice.
See the spot:
You have our support
In order to reach as many young LGBT + people as possible, apart from posters and billboards, KPH produced the spot “You are okay!”. The video director is Natasza Parzymies, the author of the hit series “Control”. The essence of the spot prepared for the Rainbow Friday is to show the director’s support for LGBT + youth
We want to show schoolchildren that she is not alone. And if she cannot get support from her closest circle, we want our spot to give her strength, says Parzymies.
And there is a lot of strength in the video made on the occasion of Rainbow Friday. It is emanating from people from the LGBT + community popular among young people who took part in the recording, that is: Top Model finalist Julia Sobczyńska, watched on TikTok by nearly 2 million people Izabela Zabielska, Olympic gold medalist Katarzyna Zillmann, known from theater and television Anu Czerwiński, Maciej Łączyński, Arkadiusz Studziński and Helena Urbańska, stand-up artist Ola Petrus, cartoonist Aleksandra Herzyk, photographer Mateusz Jaskot and acting in the Kacper Potępski network, Dominika – Stewunia – Olejnik, Arloh Wat, Tomek Gregorczyk and Karolina Jasińska, i.e. Kimiko Hime. This is the first time in Poland that lesbians, gays, bisexual, transgender, queer, asksual, pansexual and non-binary people take part in one social campaign.
Spot from October 28 can be seen on KPH’s social media. The video will also be broadcast throughout the Rainbow Friday (October 28) on a large screen located in the center of Warsaw at Rondo Praw Kobiet (official name Rondo Dmowskiego). Screenings will start at 7:00 am and will run until evening.
Anyone can celebrate, anywhere
Rainbow Friday is a nationwide festival that anyone can join, anywhere – at home, at school, at work, on the street or in the park. There is no script and no rigid framework – what Rainbow Friday will look like depends on the person celebrating this day, their imagination and possibilities, explains Cecylia Jakubczak.
For busy people, KPH has prepared a website with basic information on Rainbow Friday, materials to be printed and links to publications on equality. The website address is www.teczwowypiatek.pland the official action hashtags are # TęczowyPiątek, # PrzejOkej and # willDobrze.