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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.

Poland: Protesters try to block detention of LGBT activist

Poland: Protesters try to block detention of LGBT activist

(Reuters) – Hundreds of protesters surrounded a police van on Friday in central Warsaw, to try to block it from driving away, after officers detained an activist who hung LGBT flags on statues in the city last week. The protesters shouted “Shame, disgrace!” before the police pushed the protesters away, and the van sped off, […]

Polish opposition shows rainbow LGBT solidarity

Polish opposition shows rainbow LGBT solidarity

(Reuters) – Polish opposition members of parliament on Thursday formed a rainbow with their outfits at President Andrzej Duda’s swearing-in in solidarity with the LGBT community after he was accused of running a campaign laced with homophobic rhetoric. Duda, an ally of the ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party, argued ahead of the July […]

Poland: EU urged to up pressure for LGBT+ rights

Poland: EU urged to up pressure for LGBT+ rights

LGBT+ campaigners have praised an EU decision to withhold funds from six Polish municipalities that declared themselves ‘LGBT-free zones’, urging Brussels to intensify pressure on the nationalist government over its increasingly homophobic stance. Gay, bisexual and transgender rights have become a divisive political subject in Poland, with the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party campaigning […]

Poland: Says will not let EU ‘force’ it to allow gay marriage

Poland: Says will not let EU ‘force’ it to allow gay marriage

(Reuters) – Poland’s justice minister said on Monday that the European Union may be in a position to force Warsaw to legalise gay marriage, if EU leaders make financial aid conditional on upholding democratic norms, and warned that this was unacceptable. At talks in Brussels on the next EU budget, and an economic recovery plan, […]