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Wojciech Bakun, the mayor of Przemyśl (a city in southeastern Poland), proposed to repeal the anti-LGBT resolution adopted by the local council in 2019. He argued that the resolution violates the principle of non-discrimination enshrined in the Constitution and, by damaging the city’s image, has had financial repercussions related to the partial loss of EU funds.
Przemyśl City Council repeals its anti-LGBT resolution
As an alternative, the mayor suggested replacing the homophobic resolution with a more neutral one supporting families. Previously, such a project has been proposed by the oppositional councilor Paweł Zastrowski.
This time, however, the project was passed.
Arguments about "identity security", "anti-cultural invasion", and "the dangers of sodomy" made during the session were to no avail. 13 council members voted to repeal the anti-LGBT resolution, 6 were against it. Nobody abstained.
But Przemyśl is not the first "LGBT-free zone" that decided to backtrack on its discriminatory resolution. Earlier, the towns of Nowa Dęba and Nowa Sarzyna in southern Poland repealed similar anti-LGBT declarations as well.
"The resolution against LGBT ideology is nothing else than an attempt to discriminate against non-heteronormative people"
- We are very happy that the council members repealed the resolution against "LGBT ideology". It was nothing else than an official attempt to discriminate against non-heteronormative people- says Kuba Gawron, an LGBT activist from Rzeszów and the co-founder of the Atlas of Hate mapping Poland’s so-called "LGBT-free zones".
He points out that repealing the resolution does not end the issue. - Some councilors and the Mayor wanted to replace them with some kind of a "pro-family" declaration. We don't know yet what shape it will eventually take during the works in the committee. It may be a more or less altered variant of the "Local Charter of Family Rights", or some other resolution of their own. We will have to closely observe their work, making sure that councilors are not planning to smuggle in some potentially discriminatory provisions- says Mr Gawron, adding: - If the councilors really want to support the family, they should devote their time to work on local government programs supporting the family, preventing alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence, juvenile delinquency, etc. These programs are based on laws, they are supported by an expert staff and rich professional literature, and they provide the councilors with great opportunities to adapt them to local conditions. However, passing a bill stigmatizing LGBTQ organizations and isolating them from schools and local government institutions will in no way translate into an increase in the number of marriages, higher fertility rate, or a decrease in the number of divorces or cases of domestic violence.
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