French Secretary of State for European Affairs Clement Bon admitted his homosexuality and announced plans to fight homophobia at the state level in Poland and Hungary. He said this in a comment to the French magazine Têtu on December 8.
Bon believes his orientation is not a hindrance to holding the position of state secretary. He has promised to support the LGBT communities of Poland and Hungary.
The French politician announced plans to visit Polish cities declared free from LGBT by the authorities early next year. He is going to support one of the associations that defend the right to abortion.
At the same time, Bon has announced that he does not want to declare a fight against “LGBT-free zones” because he is gay. It would be an insult to say it’s a fight for yourself, Bon said, and he said he intends to “fight for tolerance.
According to the magazine, the position of LGBT people in Poland and Hungary is becoming more difficult every day. Governments have an open policy of LGBTophobia, and members of these communities are calling on European organizations to protect them.
The French government presented a national plan to combat hatred and discrimination against LGBT people in October, RFI radio reported. According to the Ministry of Interior, more than 55 percent of LGBT people were discriminated against because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and in 2019 1,870 people were victims of homosexual and transphobic acts.
The Polish authorities have repeatedly shown their attitude toward LGBT communities. For example, Polish President Andrzej Duda, in a June election rally, described the LGBT movement as an ideology that is more destructive than communist. On July 6 this year, Duda sent to the Sejm a bill on constitutional amendments that prohibit adoption of children by same-sex couples. The bill proposed to enshrine marriage as the union of a man and a woman in the constitution.
Polish Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski called the movement for LGBT rights foreign imports, which threaten the Polish people.