Polish towns that declared themselves ‘LGBT free’ denied E.U. funds

Polish towns that declared themselves ‘LGBT free’ denied E.U. funds
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[Ed. – Evidently Poland’s not a free country like the U.S. where you can say whatever is on your mind without fear of reprisal. Oh, and by the way, repeat after us: Black lives matter, and you don’t.]

The European Union will not provide funding to six Polish towns that have declared themselves “L.G.B.T.-free zones,” a rare financial sanction of a member nation for issues related to the equal treatment of its citizens.

While the amounts of money being withheld are modest — from $6,000 to $29,000 — the exclusion of the towns from funding for a program that connects local communities across Europe was intended to have a deeper symbolic resonance.

“E.U. values and fundamental rights must be respected by Member States and state authorities,” Helena Dalli, the European Union commissioner for equality, wrote on Twitter. The Polish authorities that adopted “L.G.B.T.-free zones” or “family rights” resolutions failed to protect those rights, she wrote, and their funding applications had therefore been rejected.

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