Some Polish small towns declared themselves “LGBT+ free-zone”.
Almost a third of Poland considers itself a zone with no LGBT ideology – when did love or identity become an ideology? – excluding the voices of all minorities whose opinion was not asked and ignored.
On the other hand, European Union responded, declaring itself a “LGBT+ freedom-zone”. Before starting discussing about what happened and why, I would just like to discuss freedom, not in an abstract way, but concretely thinking about ourselves not like subjects judging the others, but like objects receiving others’ judgment.
Nobody likes when the others say what to do, especially if it is about our personal and private area, like love and relationships. In 2021 there are still people believing that homosexuality is something to fight. Not a choice or taste, not love, not identity: it is an ideology.
Nevertheless, still, if it was an ideology, would it really be possible to consider a town – or several towns – free from that particular ideology? How can somebody affirm that in a world where ideas circulate online and a boy or a girl can talk from his or her house with somebody from the other part of the world?
Poland against children adoption from gay couples and controlling single parents
It is not surprising that gay couples cannot adopt children in Poland. However, as it always happens, people always find a way to get a solution. In Poland, for examples, a single parent could adopt a child, regardless if he or she was homosexual or heterosexual. In this way, the couple could have a kid, but only one of the two was legally responsible for the underage.
Nevertheless, according to the new ban this is not possible anymore: if a person is found to be applying as single parent to adopt a child and he or she is in a same sex relationship, can be criminally liable.
There is a big pressure there and gay people risk to have no more voice.
The reaction of European Union
European Union declared itself “LGBT+ freedom zone”. A meaningful wordplay that we all European citizens should reflect on. The head of European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen claimed
Being yourself is not your ideology, it's your identity (…) so I want to be crystal clear - LGBTQI-free zones are humanity-free zones. And they have no place in our union
Strong and unequivocal words supporting minorities that are still fighting for their right to be themselves. We are just in the middle of a new revolutionary period. Everyone can give a support, by educating, by being tolerant and kind.
Something about how same-sex people adoption works in Italy (IT)
BBC: Inside Poland’s 'LGBT-free zones'
BBC: EU declared 'LGBT freedom zone' in response to Poland's 'LGBT-free zones'
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