Tag Archive | LGBT free zones

EU: Polish regions at risk of lost funding over ‘LGBT-free’ zones

EU: Polish regions at risk of lost funding over ‘LGBT-free’ zones

The European Commission has written to five Polish regional councils urging them to abandon declarations that they are “LGBT-free” in order to receive funding, one of the councils affected confirmed last week. The European Union executive is currently at loggerheads with Poland and Hungary over issues ranging from LGBT rights to press freedoms. In July […]

Poland: French minister says visit to ‘LGBT-free’ zone was ‘dissuaded’

Poland: French minister says visit to ‘LGBT-free’ zone was ‘dissuaded’

(Reuters) – French Europe Minister Clement Beaune said he was dissuaded by Polish authorities from visiting what he called an ‘LGBT-free zone’, in defence of civil liberties, on a trip to Poland, but the government in Warsaw denied it had blocked access. Since 2019, at least 100 municipalities across Poland have signed declarations saying they […]

Poland: Hate crime, violence feared in ‘LGBT-free zones’

Poland: Hate crime, violence feared in ‘LGBT-free zones’

Poland’s ‘LGBT-free zones’ – nearly 100 regions, towns, and cities that have passed anti-gay resolutions – could encourage hate crime and spur violence, according to a European human rights body. The European Union has also criticised the zones, which began appearing in 2019, when Poland’s nationalist government started campaigning against the rights of LGBT people.

Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein cancel grant to Polish ‘LGBT-free zone’

Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein cancel grant to Polish ‘LGBT-free zone’

Norway, Iceland, and Lichtenstein cancelled a major grant to Poland’s Carpathian Mountains, after the region passed a resolution against ‘LGBT ideology’, Norway said on Tuesday. The decision to pull out of the 8.4 million zloty [1,872,953 euro] ($2.25 million) culture and natural heritage project, which was largely funded by European countries, signals growing international pressure on […]

Lawmakers criticise hosting of 2023 Games in Polish ‘LGBT-free zone’

Lawmakers criticise hosting of 2023 Games in Polish ‘LGBT-free zone’

European lawmakers criticised on Thursday a decision to hold the 2023 European Games in a Polish ‘LGBT-free zone’, in the latest international rebuke over the treatment of LGBT+ people in the country. Organisers of the regional Olympic event chose the city of Krakow, and the surrounding Malopolska region, last year to host the event, but […]

‘Queer Eye’ star Antoni Porowski calls out Poland’s anti-LGBT+ crackdown

‘Queer Eye’ star Antoni Porowski calls out Poland’s anti-LGBT+ crackdown

Attacks on LGBT+ rights in Poland, where towns are declaring themselves LGBT-free zones, are “absurd,” said Queer Eye star, Antoni Porowski, an actor with Polish roots, who on Tuesday called on the country to respect its gay and trans citizens. The actor and reality TV star has been promoting a petition from advocacy group, All […]

Poland: Town votes to stay ‘LGBT-free zone’ despite global criticism

Poland: Town votes to stay ‘LGBT-free zone’ despite global criticism

Councillors in eastern Poland voted narrowly on Tuesday to keep a motion declaring their town “free from LGBT ideology”, as international pressure grows on dozens of Polish municipalities that have made similar declarations. The mayor’s office in Krasnik said councillors had voted 11 to nine to keep the symbolic anti-LGBT+ motion that was passed in […]

EP demands EU action over Poland LGBT+ rights breaches

EP demands EU action over Poland LGBT+ rights breaches

The European Parliament on Thursday condemned Poland for rolling back LGBT+ rights, and demanded that the European Union take action against the country’s nationalist government, including potentially denying it funding from the bloc. The Parliament voted by a large majority to adopt a resolution on human rights in the country, where municipalities have set up […]

Poland: Ruling party faces internal struggle over LGBT, women’s rights

Poland: Ruling party faces internal struggle over LGBT, women’s rights

(Reuters) – Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is resisting efforts by ultra-conservatives in the ruling coalition to step up a government crackdown on LGBT and women’s rights, wary of further hurting ties with the European Union, government sources say. The Law and Justice (PiS) government angered Brussels by using language during the campaign for a […]

EU chief executive decries ‘LGBT-free zones’

EU chief executive decries ‘LGBT-free zones’

(Reuters) – The European Union’s chief executive said on Wednesday there was no place in the bloc for so-called ‘LGBT-free zones’, a pointed criticism of Poland’s nationalist government pushing to curb the rights of LGBT people. “LGBTQI-free zones are humanity free zones. And they have no place in our (European) Union,” European Commission President Ursula […]