The lack of real life dating options in the border town means gay men need to maximize their chances online.
80,000 people may seem like a lot at a concert or watching a football match.
The open-air gardens in front of the city’s bars are full of men in sports jerseys, drinking beer and cheering for their national team.
Since then, the Polish Constitution guarantees that all persons shall be equal before the law, all persons shall have the right to equal treatment by public authorities and no one shall be discriminated against in political, social or economic life for any reason whatsoever.
Subtly, but not explicitly, including sexual orientation.© Mateusz Skóra Grindr and similar online dating sites are the only places where gay men can feel safe and can actually connect with other people.
Often times, safety and anonymity are crucial components that the LGBT community in Jelenia Góra seek.
“Over the years, we have found many people here in Poland or in the Czech Republic on Grindr that became our friends.
But to find a guy who wants to get to know you and build a relationship, it’s almost impossible,” says 19-year-old Adam, a student in the town.