Polish Court Rejects Case Against ‘LGBT-Free Zones’ Activist.

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05/09/2022

A court in the Polish city of Rzeszów has thrown out a case against Bartosz Staszewski, an LGBT rights activist who was being sued by the Niebylec commune for defamation. Niebylec, a village in southeastern Poland, is home to about 10,000 people. In 2019, along with dozens of communities across Poland, it passed a resolution to “stop LGBT ideology.” In response to this onslaught of bigoted policies, Staszewski designed a campaign in which he photographed himself and other lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people with signs reading “LGBT-Free Zone” at the entrance to places that had enacted anti-LGBT resolutions or similarly discriminatory “family charters.” Three of the nearly 100 localities with these policies, including Niebylec, sued Staszewski for defamation and demanded he apologize for calling their community an “LGBT-Free Zone” in the media.

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