A third of Poland declared “LGBT-free zone”

Polish municipalities across an area greater than the size of Hungary have adopted resolutions against LGBT people and make intolerance official.

Campaigners and international bodies including the European Parliament have condemned the resolutions, saying they are discriminatory and undermine LGBT rights.

The almost 60 municipalities that have adopted the resolutions include three voivodships (the largest administrative unit in Poland) in the southeast of the country, as well as dozens of counties and other smaller units, data from official sources collected by an informal collective of human rights activists shows.

The non-binding resolutions, which municipalities started adopting in early 2019, coincide with a rise in rhetoric by the governing Law and Justice party (PiS) denouncing “LGBT ideology” as an allegedly foreign import threatening the Polish nation and its age-old Christian values.

PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski has famously warned, “Hands off our children!” — implying that “LGBT ideology” threatens the morality and health of young Poles. Meanwhile, defence of supposedly Christian principles is a key PiS promise to its electorate.