Polish Town That Went ‘LGBT Free’ Two Years Ago Bitterly Regrets Decision
The town of Krasnik, which is located on the southern border to Ukraine and has a population of 32,000, has been dubbed ‘a synonym for homophobia’, according to its mayor Wojciech Wilk; something which he vehemently denies is the case.
Back in May 2019, Krasnik declared itself as being ‘free of LGBT’ in bid to appease the right-wing religious conservatives living in the area and the country’s governing right-wing Law and Justice party, as well as the Roman Catholic Church, which still bears a huge hold over Poland.
While the term LGBT-free does not mean that LGBTQ+ people are banned from entering or living in the area, it does mean a commitment to keeping LGBTQ+ ideology out, with right-wing politicians threatened by the prospect of liberalism affecting traditional Christian and Polish values.
However, in the two years that have followed, Krasnik has lost millions of pounds in foreign funding, including up to €10 million the town was hoping to get in Norwegian funding for development projects, The New York Times reports. Meanwhile, a French town also opted to cut ties with Krasnik, declaring it wouldn’t work with any town which vowed to be LGBT-free.
Now, Wilks is desperately trying to get councillors to reverse the anti-LGBT declaration in a bid to prevent the town from missing out on any future opportunities.
He said: ‘We have become Europe’s laughingstock, and it’s the citizens not the local politicians who’ve suffered most,’ noting that local residents had been the ones to suffer at the hands of the debate over traditional and modern values.
Last month, the European Parliament passed a resolution declaring every country in the European Union – including Poland – as an LGBT Freedom Zone, in response.
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