Tribute To George Michael By Polish LGBTers Fighting For Their Rights
We are happy to have another video by Jakub & Dawid! This time, our favorite Polish couple teamed up with friends and a group they started, United Polish LGBT, to give us this treat.
United Polish LGBT created this music video (inserted below) to a medley of George Michael’s hits to pay a tribute to the legendary artist. There’s also another reason for these 50 well-known Polish LGBTers to get together and create such a fun piece. They wanted to draw attention to the fact that Poland is the largest country in the European Union where marriage and civil unions of same-sex couples are still illegal.
Jakub and Dawid have been covered by us before. The polish gay couple, vloggers, and gay activists are getting married this June, but as a same-sex marriages are still illegal in their homeland, they have to have the ceremony in a different nation and they have chosen Portugal. The inability to marry in Poland inspired them to unite members of the Polish LGBT society in order to make the project #polandwakeup. Jakub and Dawid have stated they want to try and influence polish legislation in the hopes that it might force their government to make at least civil unions legal in their country.
The video is a medley of four George Michael’s songs: Faith, Wake Me Up, Too Funky and Freedom ’90. "We felt a huge lost last year when we found out that he passed away. He was the greatest gay artist of our time, a real icon. He also showed us all of his strengths and weaknesses. He was so real. He shared these emotions through his songs. We grew up with it, we fell in love with it, we had our first sex to it, and now we can fight with it!"
The LGBT community has been waiting for its rights in Poland for at least 28 years, since the fall of Communism in 1989. But instead of getting better, it’s getting even worse. Recently, the current government harassed the General Prosecutor's Office in order to intimidate same-sex couples and discourage them from getting married abroad. The Polish president has also stated that in accordance with the Polish Constitution, marriages and unions between same-sex couples will never be possible in Poland.
To make this video, Jakub and Dawid invited more than 50 well-known people from Polish LGBT society. "We didn't spend a single penny on this video. We did everything together including costumes, makeup, recording and video editing. Everything has been done by us, our friends, and friends of friends. We just did it to say loud and clear – we are not gonna let go and we are not afraid. When we sang Freedom at the end, we really felt powerful like we could change the world. Not today, not tomorrow, but one day it will happen."
Thanks again guys for fighting the fight. It takes courage to put your face, your relationship, your love out there for all to see especially when your government, your president, and society is against you. BRAVO!
This version of the video is about 4:55 where the one above was only 3:39. The one below includes WAKE ME UP.