Tag Archive | Poland

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 […]

Poland: Anti-LGBT+ tirade similar to pre-war ‘dehumanising’ of Jews, MEP says

Poland: Anti-LGBT+ tirade similar to pre-war ‘dehumanising’ of Jews, MEP says

A prominent gay politician in Poland has compared the government’s repeated attacks on the LGBT+ community to the way Jewish people were ‘dehumanised’ in the run-up to World War Two. LGBT+ rights are increasingly contested in Poland, where President Andrzej Duda was re-elected in July, after an acrimonious campaign, in which he proposed a constitutional […]

LGBT+ activist behind ‘Polish Stonewall’ says not afraid to die

LGBT+ activist behind ‘Polish Stonewall’ says not afraid to die

The LGBT+ activist whose arrest sparked protests that were dubbed the ‘Polish Stonewall,’says she is not afraid to resume her hunger strike and die, if that turns the tide against homophobia in Poland. “Dying from hunger is not the worst option when people are threatening you to be beaten to death,” Margot Szutowicz said, alternating […]

Arts leaders urge Europe to act on Polish LGBT+ rights

Arts leaders urge Europe to act on Polish LGBT+ rights

Leading arts figures including director, Pedro Almodovar, and writer, Margaret Atwood, have called on Europe to intervene on behalf of LGBT+ people in Poland, saying their rights are being “blatantly violated”. More than 70 top arts figures signed the open letter to European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, organised by Polish writer, Olga Tokarczuk, […]

Poland: ‘LGBT-free’ town gets state financing after EU funds cut

Poland: ‘LGBT-free’ town gets state financing after EU funds cut

(Reuters) – A Polish town that lost European Union funding after it set up a zone free of “LGBT ideology” will receive government financial support, Poland’s justice minister said on Tuesday. The ruling nationalists’ position against gay rights has become a flash-point in a culture war pitting the religious right against more liberal-minded Poles.

Polish nationalists and LGBT activists face off in Warsaw

Polish nationalists and LGBT activists face off in Warsaw

(Reuters) – Hundreds of Polish nationalists and defenders of LGBT rights faced off against each other on opposite sides of a street in central Warsaw on Sunday. The nationalists burnt a rainbow flag, while the LGBT activists painted one on the street. The groups shouted abuse at each other, separated by a line of several […]

Poland threatens to challenge EU funding block in LGBT+ row

Poland threatens to challenge EU funding block in LGBT+ row

Poland warned on Friday it could mount a legal challenge to the European Union’s decision to withhold funding to towns accused of setting up so-called LGBT-free zones, in an escalation of a growing row over the issue. LGBT+ rights have become a divisive issue in Poland, whose ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) says their […]

POLAND: Timeline-How LGBT+ issues became a flashpoint

POLAND: Timeline-How LGBT+ issues became a flashpoint

LGBT+ rights have become a flashpoint in Poland, pitching the conservative government against LGBT+ activists. On Friday, 48 people were arrested at a demonstration, protesting the arrest of an LGBT+ activist in Warsaw accused of draping rainbow flags over statues, intensifying the battle between LGBT+ rights supporters and the nationalist government.