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“Let me be clear: LGBTQ+ rights are human rights — and ‘LGBT-free zones’ have no place in the European Union or anywhere in the world” – Joe Biden, the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, tweeted on Monday.

Although he didn’t mention Poland by name, his tweet linked to an ABC News article that explicitly referred to the Polish “LGBT free zones”.

Strong words from the future US president?

The latest national presidential polls show Biden maintaining a slight lead over his rival- the incumbent president Donald Trump. When in 2015 the US Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriages should be recognized on the federal level (by then, most of the states already legalized same-sex marriages) the Democratic nominee served as the Vice President in the Obama administration.

The authors of the ABC News article mention that “a top European Union official strongly denounced the stigmatization of LGBT people by authorities in Poland”. It’s a direct reference to the European Commission President Ursula von Leyen’s first State of the Union address delivered in the European Parliament last week.

“LGBT free” municipalities won’t receive Norwegian funds

In her speech, von der Leyen also didn’t mention Poland by name. She said, however, that: “LGBTQI free zones are humanity free zones. And they have no place in our Union”.

Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ine Eriksen Soreide, recently announced that the Polish municipal authorities who adopted homophobic resolutions won’t receive any funds from the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism (also called the Norwegian funds), at least as long as the resolutions are in force.


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