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BRUSSELS European Union Will Not Provide Funding To Six Polish Towns That Have Declared Themselves LGBT-FREE Zones, Rare Financial Sanction Of Member Nation For Issues Relating To Equal Treatment Of Its Citizens. While amounts of money being withheld are modest from 6 000 to 29, 000, exclusion of towns from funding for programs that connect local communities across Europe was intended to have deeper symbolic resonance. EU values and fundamental rights must be respected by Member States and State authorities, Helena European Union Commissioner for Equality, wrote on Twitter. Polish authorities that adopt LGBT-FREE zones or Rights resolutions fail to protect those rights, she write, and their funding applications have therefore been reject. Decision Came Just Days After Leaders Of 27-nation European Union Bowed To Pressure From Poland And Hungary And Relaxed Framework Devised To Tie Long-term Budget Spending By Bloc To Issues Related To Rule Of Law. Both countries, to different degrees, have steadily chipped away at some of bedrock institutions that allow for healthy democracy, including FREE press and judicial system FREE from political influence. But even as Poland and Hungary have caused increasing consternation in BRUSSELS, both countries have been threatened with having their voting rights in bloc suspended they have faced little in way of concrete punishments. Even by often brutal standards of Polish politics, however, demonization of gay men and lesbians by government officials over past two years has been ferocious. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of governing party, has repeatedly told supporters that Poles will not be forced to stand under rainbow flag. He has said that homosexuality represents threat to Polish identity, to our nation, to its existence and thus to Polish State. Nearly 100 local governments, representing third of Poland's territory, declare themselves FREE from LGBT ideology. Although declarations do not have legal force, are viewed by many as menacing. And heat rhetoric been blamed for violence against gay men and lesbians. When marchers tried to take part in gay pride Parade in conservative city of Bialystok last summer, opponents threw bricks, stones and fireworks at them. Some protesters were and as violent clashes escalate, with dozens wound, police had to deploy tear gas. Few Months Later, In December, European Parliament Condemned Discrimination Against LGBTQ Community And Called On Government To Take Action To Revoke Declarations By Local Authorities. Nothing was done Poland's recent presidential election in July, governing party once again targeted gay men, lesbians and transsexuals. President Andrzej Duda said LGBT ideology was more dangerous than communist doctrine and he made it central issue of his campaign. He narrowly won second term, but close fight and divisive rhetoric polarized Polish society even further.

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LONDON-European lawmakers criticise on Thursday decision to hold 2023 European Games in Polish LGBT-Free zone, in latest international rebuke over treatment of LGBT + people in country. Organisers of regional Olympic event chose city of Krakow and surrounding Malopolska region last year to host event, but concern over Polands ' so-call LGBT-Free zones has intensified in recent months. Malopolska will issue Declaration in 2019 saying it opposes LGBT ideology, step taken by dozens of local authorities across Poland. Krakow has not any such motion. Two members of European Parliament and two lawmakers in Britain and Belgium say Malopolskas stance means it was not suitable venue for Games. European Games Are Olympic Event And As Such It Should Uphold Values Of Excellence, Respect And Friendship, Said Liz Barker, Member Of British House Of Lords And All-Party Parliamentary Group On Global LGBT + Rights. Since Malopolska region of Poland has declared itself LGBT-Free zone, it is no longer fit to host this event, she said in emailed comments. Terry Reintke and Marc Angel, MEPs who co-chair European Parliaments LGBTI Intergroup, say European Olympic Committees, to which it wrote letter in September, had failed to take steps to protect and support LGBT + athletes. It is incredible that such organisation would not take further care of responding adequately to what questions many LGBTI people will ask themselves when wanting to participate or watch these Games, they say by email. EOC spokeswoman Donatella Del Gaudio said that provisions on respecting human rights and preventing discrimination would be included in hosting contract. She has sought assurances from organisers of Krakow-Malopolska and highest levels of government that fundamental principles of Olympic Charter will be fully respect, she say. Governments Of Krakow And Malopolska Did Not Respond To Requests For Comment. LGBT + rights have become divisive issue in Poland since 2019, when ruling Law and Justice Party made them election issue and claim they undermine traditional values. Polish Government officials have previously denied existence of what campaigners have labelled LGBT-Free zones, saying discrimination is not tolerated in country. Still, Ben Weyts, sports minister of Belgian region of Flanders, told its Parliament that international sporting events should not be held in such areas.

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Stickers

Pro-government newspapers are inflaming Polands election-year battle over gay rights by distributing LGBT-Free Zone even as some retailers boycott publication. Publicity Stunt By Gazeta Polska-which Coincided With Attacks By Far-right Groups On LGBT Pride March In Eastern Poland Last Weekend-has Already Triggered Litany Of Criticism And Comparisons To Nazi-era Propaganda Calling For Areas Free From Jews. Even Polands populist government, which has repeatedly used issue of gay rights to polarize electorate and boost turnout of its more conservative voters, has sought to distance itself from latest wave of homophobia. BP Plc, which has network of fueling stations in Poland, says it is blocking sales of newspapers because it doesnt support attitudes displaying aversion to any group of people. Other companies that have joined boycott include Canadian fuel retailer Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. And bookstore chain Empik SA. LGBT is not minority, its paradigm which appears to have all features of totalitarian ideology, newspaper said in editorial Wednesday. Every copy of weekly includes LGBT-Free Zone sticker. Issue Of Gay Rights Is Dividing Poland Ahead Of General Election Expected In October And Underscores Ruling Law & Justice Party Departure From European Unions ' Liberal, Multicultural Mainstream. Party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski warned that advancement of gay rights poses grave danger for families across Europe. Government supporters have embraced message, with about 30 cities-mostly in poorer eastern regions-adopting declarations saying theyre free from LGBT Ideology and against social engineering foreign to Polish culture and natural order. Following attacks on rally in Bialystok, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki condemned such hooligan, aggressive behavior.

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