Tag Archive | Poland

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]