Tag Archive | Poland

LGBT+ discrimination damages Eastern Europe’s economic growth

LGBT+ discrimination damages Eastern Europe’s economic growth

Discrimination against LGBT people costs Eastern European countries almost 2% a year in economic growth, a coalition of dozens of global companies, promoting LGBT+ inclusion, said on Tuesday. Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Ukraine are losing billions of dollars each year, due to the lack of equal workplace rights for LGBT+ people, and factors such as […]

Poland: Judge’s tweet on trans child stirs outrage

Poland: Judge’s tweet on trans child stirs outrage

(Reuters) – A senior Polish judge put a transgender child in danger by tweeting about her, and a complaint will likely be filed with prosecutors, an opposition politician said on Thursday regarding the incident ,which has outraged liberal Poles. Gender and LGBT rights have become central flash-points in a wider culture war unfolding in Poland, […]

EU declares itself an LGBT+ ‘Freedom Zone’

EU declares itself an LGBT+ ‘Freedom Zone’

The European Parliament voted to declare the European Union an ‘LGBTIQ Freedom Zone’, as Poland plans to bar same-sex couples from adopting. The European Union’s parliament symbolically declared the bloc an ‘LGBTIQ Freedom Zone’ on Thursday, in its latest move to censure Hungary and Poland, for their curbs on LGBT+ rights.

Poland: Gay (even single) people to be barred from adopting

Poland: Gay (even single) people to be barred from adopting

(Reuters) – People living in same-sex couples will be barred from adopting children in Poland, even as single parents, under a new law announced on Thursday by a nationalist ruling party, which has made anti-gay policies a major part of its governing platform. The announcement is likely to intensify a clash between Poland and the […]

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 […]

Council of Europe says Poland should stop LGBTI+ intolerance

Council of Europe says Poland should stop LGBTI+ intolerance

(Reuters) – Polish politicians should stop stigmatising LGBTI people, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights said in a memorandum published on Thursday, adding that such behaviour risked legitimising homophobic violence. Poland’s ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party made battling what it calls ‘LGBT ideology’, a key plank of election campaigns in 2019 […]

Poland: Belgian regions close office over rule of law, anti-LGBT+ discrimination

Poland: Belgian regions close office over rule of law, anti-LGBT+ discrimination

(Reuters) – The Belgian regions of Brussels and Wallonia closed their office of representation in Warsaw on Friday, over what they say is the Polish government’s threat to judicial and media independence, and anti-gay discrimination. The office, which represents the regions in fields such as culture, sport, tourism and scientific exchange, has seven staff, and […]

Poland: LGBT activists welcome rainbow light show, say more needed

Poland: LGBT activists welcome rainbow light show, say more needed

(Reuters) – Several cities in Poland illuminated buildings with rainbow colours on Monday, in a gesture of solidarity with the LGBT+ community, but activists called for more support in the face of rising hostility. LGBT rights have been a flashpoint in Poland over the last two years, with politicians tied to the ruling nationalist Law […]