World’s Top Diplomats Urge LGBT+ Tolerance in Poland

Ambassadors from around the world have called for the rights of gay and transgender people to be respected in Poland, where many towns have declared themselves free of “LGBT ideology”.

An open letter urges the Polish government to “end discrimination” of sexual minorities.

It was signed by envoys from 50 countries, including Poland’s EU partners, the UK, the US, Israel and India.

Hostility to LGBT rights has become a flashpoint in Poland in recent years. Conservative politicians, including the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), have frequently taken aim at the LGBT community. 

Andrzej Duda, who was re-elected as president in June on a nationalist agenda, has said the LGBT movement is “more destructive” than communism.

Same-sex marriages and civil unions are not legal in Poland. Same-sex couples also have no legal right to adopt children.

About 100 towns and regions across Poland have passed resolutions condemning “LGBT ideology”. Those who defend such moves say they are opposed to an “aggressive ideology promoting homosexuality”.

Observers say the resolutions are unenforceable but have provided ammunition in Poland’s increasingly bitter culture war.

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