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In his recent post on Twitter, the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President, Joe Biden, referred to the State of the Union address delivered by the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. In her speech, she condemned the so-called “LGBT-free zones” in Poland, saying that “LGBTQI free zones are humanity free zones, and they have no place in our Union”. Although she didn’t mention Poland by name, it was clear that she had meant the many Polish municipal authorities who adopted homophobic resolutions prepared by the Catholic-fundamentalist organization Ordo Iuris.

Biden tweeted: „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”.

Contesting the validity of his statement, in its answer, the Polish embassy in Washington D.C. wrote that “the Polish Government is committed to the rule of law, equal rights and social inclusion,” and that “there is no place for discrimination in our societies”.

Prior to that, a Law and Justice MP and the former governor of the Lubelskie region in southwestern Poland, Przemysław Czarnek, also addressed Biden’s comment. “There are NO ‘LGBT-free zones’ in Poland! This is just a scandalous provocation of an LGBT activist and he will have to stand trial for his action” – he wrote.

The MP became known for his infamous homophobic tirades. He claimed, for example, that non-heteronormative people “are inferior to normal people” and that “we should stop listening to these moronic statements about human rights and all that equality nonsense”.  His tweet referred to a project by the LGBT activist Bart Staszewski, who put up road signs that read “LGBT-free zone” at the entry to towns that adopted the homophobic resolutions. The project was supposed to raise social awareness and show what passing such resolutions means in practice. Recently, the local authorities who have passed such resolutions were denied a portion of EU funds. Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, in turn, announced that they won’t receive any subsidies from the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism (also called the Norwegian funds).

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