I am Bart Staszewski and I grow up in Lublin, in East Poland. I am Polish LGBT activist and documentary film director. In 2017, I produced a documentary film – Article 18. It is the most important documentary to date on the LGBT struggle for equality in Poland.
I am one of the organizers of the Equality March in Lublin, which every year meet with riots and protest from right-wing hooligans. I am also member of association „Love Does not Exclude” and one of funders of “Lublin Equality March Association“.
My work for the LGBT community has been recognized internationally. In 2019, I was awarded the European Tolerantia Award.
I was fighting in courts in several court-trials with Polish homophobic right-wing politicians and media. My up to date most important project is photo project called „Zones” where I go to „LGBT-free zones” and make photos with my sign that is outcome of homophobic resolutions – I invites LGBT-people living there. By this project I become an enemy of Polish government. I also got few lawsuits from cities represented by alt-right wing NGO that called me for enemy of Poland and Polish people.
In 2020 I was selected to be an Obama Leader. I was also among Bloomberg Businessweek „Ones to Watch” List, list associated with „the Bloomberg 50.” At that time I was awarded by NatWest LGBT+ Diamonds Polish Business Awards for my activism.