A third of Poland declares itself an ‘LGBT-free’ zone in vile homophobic move

A third of Poland has now declared itself to be an “LGBT-free” zone.

Nearly 100 of the country’s local or municipal governments have pledged to keep away from acts that encourage tolerance.

They will also avoid giving money to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working to promote equal rights.

And the local authorities have proclaimed themselves to be “free” from LGBT “ideology”, according to reports.

LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

Activists have created an “Atlas of Hate” which shows which parts of the country have signed up to the pledge.

The map covers an area larger than the size of Hungary.

The local authorities started passing the first resolutions against “LGBT propaganda” last March.

It has continued to increase in size despite a resolution being passed by the European Parliament in December that slammed the concept of LGBT-free zones.

MEPs called on the country to “firmly condemn” discrimination, to revoke the resolutions and said, “funds must not be used for discriminatory purposes”.

But the country’s ruling conservative party Law and Justice (PiS) ignored the warning.

Critics have accused the party of fuelling anti-LGBT sentiment in Poland.

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The party won an election last October with a campaign that centred on hardline homophobic views.

And last summer its leader, Jaroslaw Kaczyński, criticised Pride parades.

He said: “The hard offensive, this travelling theatre that is showing up in different cities to provoke and then cry.

“We are the ones who are harmed by this, it must be unmasked and discarded.”

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