POLAND — (09-28-21) — After Poland’s Swietokrzyskie Region revoked its Anti-LGBT Free Zone declaration last week after threat of losing funding from the European Union, three more Polish regions have followsed suit in revoking Poland’s anti-LGBT Free Zone declarations.
Councilors in the southern region of Małopolska confirmed on Monday that they have repealed their opposition to the LGBT “ideology.”
Authorities in the southeastern provinces of Lublin and Podkarpackie also rejected the resolutions after they realized the European Union wasn’t bluffing on withholding funding from its regions..
In 2019, dozens of local Polish municipalities declared their symbols “anti-LGBT” in a largely symbolic gesture.
Local communities, in support of Poland’s conservative Law and Justice party, said the declarations intended to protect traditional family values and nothing more.
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But after the EU threatened to freeze millions of euros to Polish regions, the country’s government felt the pressure and asked local authorities to revoke their anti-LGBT status.
LGBT rights activists say the 2019 declarations made gays and lesbians feel unwelcome in Poland.
The European Commission wrote to five Polish regional councils at the beginning of September warning them to abandon declarations if they want to continue receive recovery funding.
Earlier this year, the European Parliament also passed a resolution declaring the entire 27-member EU a “freedom zone” for LGBT people.
Conservative Councilor Witold Kozłowski reluctantly said in a statement issued to the press that local development must be “financially secured”.
“Neither I nor any councillor on the right or the left was ready to take responsibility for leaving Małopolska without these EU funds,” said Kozlowski’s statement. “It is a consensus that not every party is entirely satisfied with,” said Kozlowski.
“It was only our voice about the importance and value of the family that caused the creation of just such a declaration against LGBT people. Małopolska is a strong region, built on values and based on centuries-old Christian tradition.” concluded Kozlowski.
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Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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