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People take a selfie with rainbow Pride flags before the start of the Equality Parade in Warsaw, Poland, in June 2023. The Equality Parade was celebrated under the slogan "We predict equality and beauty!" Volha Shukaila/SOPA Images/Sipa USA hide caption

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After years of legal discrimination, Poland's same-sex couples await civil union law

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Donald Tusk (center), then in the opposition, marches with Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski (left) and former President Lech Walesa (right) in a protest last year organized by Civil Platform, the coalition of political parties now running Poland's government. Omar Marques/Getty Images hide caption

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Poland's judiciary was a tool of its government. New leaders are trying to undo that

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Supporters of the outgoing Law and Justice party protest outside the headquarters of Poland's state-owned TVP broadcaster after the new government took control last December. Czarek Sokolowski/AP hide caption

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Poland's new government deprograms its once far-right public media

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Hubert Sobecki is a spokesperson for Love Does Not Exclude, an association that represents Poland's LGBTQ+ community. Sobecki says while he's encouraged that Polish voters have rejected the ruling right-wing Law and Justice party, he's not convinced that Donald Tusk's Civic Coalition represents a big change for the LGBTQ+ community in Poland. Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

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As Europe applauds Poland's election results, civil rights groups prepare to fight

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"The freedom and democracy that my generation fought for can also be yours if you fight, too," Donald Tusk, candidate for Poland's Civic Coalition, tells university students at a campaign event ahead of the Oct. 15 election. "Without your vigilance, democracy will not survive. And this is not just about Poland." Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

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Poland's democracy is at risk in next month's elections, say opposition leaders

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