Last week, three Polish regional councils voted not to declare their provinces “LGBT-free zones” following the European Union’s threats to cut up to €126 million in funding to the local governments. This is a change to recent resolutions, which first passed intended to “protect heterosexual family values, and battle an attack on “traditional” Catholic values.
The European Commission wrote to five Polish regional councils at the beginning of September urging them to abandon declarations that they are “LGBT-free” in order to receive funding.
Poland has been ruled by the ultra-conservative right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party since 2015.
But many in Poland question if the change is really true. “Politicians are playing with us,” Polish LGBT activist Bart Staszewski told the BBC news. “I mean they don’t want to revoke the whole resolution, they just want to replace it with another one.”
Poland, one of the worst countries next to Russia for LGBT opression is entering a decisive phase after the EUs top court declared, not for the first time, Wednesday that Poland is undermining the independence of its judiciary.
Wednesday’s ruling from the Court of Justice added more weight to its previous decisions against Poland acceptance into the European Union.
The ruling came in a case brought by an outspoken Polish judge who accuses the government of harassing judges it doesn’t like and trying to kick them off the bench.
The country of Norway this week confirmed that LGBT+ refugees, both groups and individuals, will be given priority when transferring from one asylum country to another for permanent resettlement.
Under previous guidelines, vulnerable women and children were given priority.
‘We are now changing the guidelines for the work of transfer refugees so that [LGBT] person … should be given priority.’
Still in almost 70 countries across the globe homosexuality is considered a criminal criminal offense where you can be imprisoned, tortured, and killed for who they are and who they love.
Norway was ranked fifth for LGBT human rights by ILGA-Europe say the move is to not only to protect the LGBT community in Norway but also to recognize that refugees may need to flee persecution due to their sexual orientation.
Click to embiggen – National average survey results
ary of course. With France cumming up close behind in second and the Czech Republic sliding in to third
(Oh and don’t get too excited. The numbers noted are centimeters, NOT inches)
Don;t get too excited by the numbers just yet kids. That is centimeters they are talking about on average not inches
But Hungary is clearly the winner. And as for Russia, now we know why they’ve been pissed off all these years.
But I must say as a proud bohunk Polish/American by looking at the numbers it must have been a very cold day in Warsaw when they took those measurements because the numbers don’t ring true to what I know.