Poland's 'LGBT-free zones' could lead to hate crimes and violence, rights group warns

Published by ABC on February 11, 2021.

Protesters came out to support LGBT rights after a pride parade was attacked by neo-Nazi groups. (AFP: Michal Fludra/NurPhoto)

Poland's "LGBT-free zones" — nearly 100 regions, towns and cities that have passed anti-gay resolutions — could encourage hate crimes and spur violence, according to a human rights body.

The European Union has also criticised the zones, which began appearing in 2019 when Poland's nationalist Government started campaigning against the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

"These resolutions are part of a broader attack against the LGBT communi