As Poland becomes increasingly homophobic, the country’s leader of the governing Law and Justice, Jaroslav Kaczynski, has repeatedly painted LGBT+ people as “a corrosive threat to so-called traditional values.” As such, high-ranking officials have created so-called “LGBT-free zones” in Poland, where they equate LGBT+ “ideology” to “communism”.
Joe Biden today decried these spaces saying LGBT-free zones birthed from hostility have no place in the European Union or anywhere in the world.
Biden, 77, tweeted: “Let me be clear: LGBTQ+ rights are human rights.
“And ‘LGBT-free zones’ have no place in the European Union or anywhere in the world.”
Biden’s denouncement came after the president of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen delivered a stinging broadside against Poland’s ruling right-wing Law and Justice Party, referring to the zones as “humanity-free”
Let me be clear: LGBTQ+ rights are human rights — and “LGBT-free zones” have no place in the European Union or anywhere in the world. https://t.co/zc8YvSq6iN— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 21, 2020
via Pink News:
The new impunity felt by homophobes has seen Pride-goers at parades in far-flung Polish towns have bottles, eggs and firecrackers lobbed at them, while Poland has become a patchwork of “LGBT-free zones” across 100 municipalities – more than one-third of the country.
As much as Poland’s ruling lawmakers have denied or downplayed these zones, European officials have imposed financial sanctions on “LGBT-free” towns by denying them funds for its town twinning programme.
MEPs and community leaders have urged EU leaders to safeguard the rights of LGBT+ community in Poland, with gay Polish politician Robert Biedron likening the “dehumanisation” of the LGBT+ community to the treatment of Jewish people before World War Two — echoing a similar warning from the country’s Jewish leaders.