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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 […]

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 […]

Poland: Government heads further to right in new lineup

Poland: Government heads further to right in new lineup

(Reuters) – Poland’s ruling nationalists appeared to have taken a turn further to the right on Wednesday, with the appointment of an ultra-conservative education chief in a new cabinet lineup, raising the prospect of new friction with the European Union. Following weeks of internal rows over jobs and policies, such as women’s and LGBT rights, […]

Poland: Ambassadors call for tolerance for LGBT+

Poland: Ambassadors call for tolerance for LGBT+

Fifty ambassadors to Poland have written an open letter calling on Warsaw to help forge “an environment of non-discrimination, tolerance and mutual acceptance” as international concerns grow over the treatment of LGBT+ people in the country. The US, British, and Indian ambassadors were among the signatories, who paid tribute to Polish LGBT+ organisations seeking to […]

Poland: Kaczynski could join government over LGBT+ rights

Poland: Kaczynski could join government over LGBT+ rights

(Reuters) – Poland’s Law and Justice (PiS) party chief, Jaroslaw Kaczynski ,may take over supervision of the powerful justice ministry, officials said on Thursday, as PiS and its allies in government hold talks to avert a breakdown of their three-party coalition. The move could herald some softening of the government rhetoric over Poland’s opposition to […]

‘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 […]