Bart Staszewski – LGBTI+ activist
Bart Staszewski grew up in Lublin, in East Poland. Staszewski is Polish LGBTI+ activist and documentary film director. In 2017 produced a documentary film – Article 18. It is the most important documentary to date on the LGBT struggle for equality in Poland.
Staszewski is were one of the organizers of the Equality March in Lublin. He is also member of association „Love Does not Exclude” and one of founders of “Lublin Equality March Association“. In 2022 he started „Basta Foundation” that is monitoring hate and providing media workshops for activists.
Staszewski was fighting in courts in several court-trials with Polish homophobic right-wing politicians and media. His up to date most important project is photo project called „Zones” where he travel to „LGBT-free zones” and make photos of those with his sign that is outcome of homophobic resolutions – he also invite to project LGBT-people living there. By this project he become an enemy of Polish government.
Staszewski become a target of SLAPP (strategic lawsuits to silence activists) and got several lawsuits from cities represented by alt-right wing NGO that called him for an enemy of Poland and Polish people.
His work for the LGBT community has been recognized internationally. In 2019 he was awarded the European Tolerantia Award. In 2020 Bart was selected to be an Obama Leader. Obama Leaders are emerging leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the common good. Leaders tackle a diversity of issues, but they have a lot in common—they have all driven positive change for their communities, are guided by core values, and share the Obama’s Foundation’s vision of leadership rooted in service to others.
Staszewski was also among Bloomberg Businessweek „Ones to Watch” 2020 List, list associated with „the Bloomberg 50.” In February 2021, he appeared on the Time 100 Next 2021 list of emerging leaders shaping the future by the American news magazine Time.