Dozens of local governments in Poland have already decided to start a crusade against the country’s evolution towards a healthy and tolerant society, announcing their voivodships, poviats and municipalities with zones free from LGBT ideology. In response to the act, LGBT activist and director Bart Stachowski began a nationwide campaign whose goal is to increase awareness of human rights and draw public attention to the dangerous direction of dying remnants of tolerance in Poland.
Stachowski’s project involves fastening metal road signs with the inscription “LGBT Free Zone” in towns that joined the crusade against equality to publicly shame the town leaders. In the beginning, he will go to 37 municipalities and towns throughout Poland, with a view to documenting LGBT people that come from there. as he says ‘ I want to show the human face behind this inhumane right-wing newspeak, spread awareness within and beyond the LGBT community, and invite everyone to a fact-driven national discussion of LGBT rights understood as inherently human rights’.
The European Parliament has finally taken a stand also against rising state-backed homophobia in Poland, where more than 80 towns have declared themselves “LGBTQ-free zones” amid a heated culture war over gay rights.
Declarations made by municipalities are acts of opposition to equality, respect, and tolerance. City or province councils pass them under the guise of defending Christian values, schools, and the traditional family model against the influence of the so-called LGBT ideology and LGBT officers.
MEPs voted by 463 votes to 107 Wednesday in favor of a resolution condemning discrimination against LGBTQ people in Poland, and explicitly calling on the Polish government to revoke discriminatory measures such as the “LGBTQ-free zones,” established by dozens of conservative local authorities that have symbolically declared themselves free from “LGBTQ ideology.”
Poland is facing much opposition from outside its borders and it will be interesting to see if she fights for the LGBT community or sweeps it under the carpet as it does with many issues. This is an important moment in the history of the struggle for equality in Poland. Let’s hope they get it right.