An ‘unbreakableâ LGBT rainbow has been unveiled by gay rights activists in Poland after the old one was repeatedly attacked by the far-right.Â
The new rainbow is made from a water hologram that bounces light off of a curtain of vapour.
It will light up a busy intersection in the city of Warsaw.
Previously there had been a solid structure made of artificial flowers in place but it was burned down seven times between 2012 and 2015 by nationalists and other opponents of LBGT rights.
The light rainbow was on for four hours on Friday evening, getting people in the spirit for the yearly Equality Parade in the Polish capital Saturday afternoon.
‘People are fed up with feeling like they are under a boot and being trampled down. And they are reacting, they are organising, they are resisting,â said Hubert Sobecki, president of Love Does Not Exclude, an LGBT rights group seeking to legalise same-sex marriage.
Homosexuality was long a taboo in Poland, though views have changed in recent years, with Poles in 2011 making history by electing an openly gay man and a transsexual woman to the national parliament.
A more conservative turn came in 2015, when no left-wing parties made it into parliament and a conservative pro-Catholic party, Law and Justice, swept into power.
‘It was a symbol for us and it was really sad for us when it disappeared,â said Sylwia Chelchowska, a 20-year-old physiotherapy student who viewed the light-and-water show Friday night with friends.
She was volunteering in Saturdayâs parade, saying ‘we have to show people that we exist.â
The pride celebrations come as LGBT activists say a conservative turn in Poland is forcing them to fight harder for their rights.
They also say their hope of seeing same-sex marriage legalised has no real chance in the country now.
A record number of gay pride marches â 12 â are taking place across Poland this season, including five in cities having them for the first time.
Some of the cities are considered conservative strongholds, like Rzeszow and Opole.
Czestochowa, site of the nationâs most important Roman Catholic shrine, is also hosting a pride parade for the first time, on July 7.