Here's why putting a rainbow halo on Virgin Mary almost landed LGBTQ+ activists in jail

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LGBT activists and supporters demonstrate in front of the Bishops Palace to support three activists who had been accused of desecration and offending religious feelings for adding the LGBT rainbow to images of a revered Roman Catholic icon. Krakow, Poland on March 2nd, 2021. The three women who created posters in 2019 that used the rainbows in place of halos in an image of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus of Polands most-revered icon "Our Lady of Czestochowa", have been acquiited today by the court in the city of Plock.    (Photo by Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
LGBT activists and supporters demonstrate in front of the Bishops Palace to support three activists who had been accused of desecration and offending religious feelings for adding the LGBT rainbow to images of a revered Roman Catholic icon. Krakow, Poland on March 2nd, 2021. The three women who created posters in 2019 that used the rainbows in place of halos in an image of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus of Polands most-revered icon "Our Lady of Czestochowa", have been acquiited today by the court in the city of Plock. (Photo by Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The images were placed around the city of Plock late last month by Elzbieta Podlesna, in reaction to an Easter display there featuring slogans about crimes or sins.

In May 2019 Polish civil rights activist Elzbieta Podlesna went around the city of Plock putting up posters of The Black Madonna of Czestochowa. Depicting a Black Virgin Mary and housed at the Jasna Góra Monastery in Czestochowa, Poland, the image is a revered symbol on Polish catholicism. As far back as 1717 Pope Clement XI issued a Canonical Coronation to the image through the Vatican Chapter. The coronation earned the artwork's subject a new title: Queen of Poland. 

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