(Photo Credits: Screengrab from Jakub & Dawid’s YouTube Account)
They say that this coronavirus pandemic is bringing out the best and the worst in humans, this Polish gay couple however, chose to do the former and this is their heartwarming story.
Jakub Kwiecinski and Dawid Mycek took to the streets to fight coronavirus and homophobia killing two birds in one stone but not in the way you think. There were no rallies involved, no placards, no shouting in the streets—just their masks, love, and their determination to make a difference while raising awareness during these trying times.
Armed with their rainbow-colored cloths and a borrowed sewing machine from one of their grandmothers, this married gay couple sewed facemasks along with their dressmaker friends. Jakub explained, “Many of Polish people call us a plague, so we thought if we help people overcome real plague, they might change their mind. I know it’s naive, but if we can do something good then why not?”
The couple then went to the streets of Poland’s Tri-City area of Gdańsk, Gdynia, and Sopot, which are on the coast of Gdańsk Bay, Baltic Sea, to distribute their facemasks for free. Dawid said, “Our masks are unique because they are rainbow! Our tailor friend supported the idea, so 300 pieces were sewn with which we took to the streets of the city.” They added: “Many LGBT-free zones were created in our country so we were a bit afraid 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 rainbow didn’t scare people but will help them stay safe.”
A video of their initiative has been making the rounds in the internet since, garnering a total of 2M views on Facebook alone. Take a look below.
According to Balkan Insight, “Polish municipalities across a third of Poland (an area said to be greater than the size of Hungary) have adopted resolutions that critics say discriminate against LGBT people and make intolerance official” and has become an “LGBT-free zone” earlier this year.
Facemasks, as we all know, are one of the first things that flew off the shelves from across the globe during the early days of the pandemic together with the cleaning supplies, toilet papers, and hand sanitizers.