A gay couple's video of them handing
out rainbow masks on the streets of Poland has gone viral.
Jakub and David handed out 300 masks
they sewed themselves with one of their grandmother's sewing machine.
As of Monday, Poland has nearly 9,000 reported cases of COVID-19,
with 362 deaths.
Anti-LGBT rhetoric is high in Poland,
where LGBT-free zones have been created. Almost 100 municipalities –
nearly one-third of the nation – have adopted non-binding
resolutions against “LGBT propaganda.”
Jakub and David said that they were
handing out rainbow masks to counter the “real plague.”
“Many Polish people call us a plague,
so we thought if we help people overcome real plague, they might
change their mind,” Jakub explained. “I know it's naive, but if
we can do something good then why not?”
In the video, the men are seen happily
distributing their masks on the streets of Gdansk,
Gdynia, and Sopot. Many passersby question whether the masks are
really free. Yes, the men respond.
“Many LGBT-free zones were created in
our country, so we were a bit afraid [of] how people would react but
they were really touched by our idea. I think they really appreciated
that someone cared about their health. It was great to see that [the]
rainbow didn't scare people but will help them stay safe,” they
The video has been watched over 2
million times on Facebook.
The couple regularly posts music videos
on their YouTube
channel. Their video last year of Taylor Swift's “You Need To
Calm Down” accumulated more than 250,000 views.