- Podkarpackie, Lubelskie and Małopolskie regions repeal „LGBT-free zone” resolutions. | Agnieszka Pomaska
Podkarpackie, Lubelskie and Małopolskie regions repeal „LGBT-free zone” resolutions. 29.09.2021, written by Łukasz Bejm
Three Polish regional councils voted on Monday to repeal motions declaring their provinces „LGBT-free zones,” state-run news agency PAP reported, after the European Union threatened to withdraw funding.
Numerous local authorities in Poland declared themselves free of „LGBT ideology” in 2019, part of a conflict in the predominantly Catholic country between liberals and religious conservatives, who see the struggle for gay rights as a threat to traditional values.
Councillors in the south-eastern Podkarpackie and Lubelskie provinces, two of nearly a hundred municipalities and provinces that adopted motions declaring themselves free of „LGBT ideology,” both voted to repeal the motions on Monday.
Southern province of Małopolskie followed suit later on Monday and also revoked its „LGBT-free” zone resolution. In the case of this region, at stake were the funds from the REACT-EU programme amounting to 33.5 million euros (over 150 million zlotys), and approx. 2.5 billion euros from the 2021-2027 financial framework (approx. 11 billion zlotys).
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.