NEWS FROM THE GREEN PARTY of England and Wales LGBT GROUP
LGBT Greens: Conservative Party- No to alliances with the Polish homophobic Law and Justice Party!
Green Party Fringe Meeting on Challenging Homophobia in Eastern Europe
For Immediate Release
The news that the Conservatives in Britain may politically ally themselves in the European Parliament with the Polish homophobic Law and Justice Party is the cause of great concern to the Green Party’s LGBT Group.
"We are concerned, if not surprised, that the Conservatives might be planning political alliances with reactionary forces in society," Stated Phelim Mac Cafferty, Media Officer for LGBT Greens.
"Poland under the Law and Justice Party has been one of the most hostile places in Europe to be L, G, B or T. Jarosław Kaczyński, the Chair of the Law and Justice Party in 2005, said that "The affirmation of homosexuality will lead to the downfall of civilization. We can't agree to it" Disgracefully, in June 2006 the party announced an investigation into all of Poland's LGBT groups for paedophilia! It is clear that Poland's homophobes need to be given the cold shoulder they deserve from all quarters, not acknowledged as partners in politics."
Joseph Healy, European Parliamentary Candidate for London, and openly gay himself said:
“LGBT Greens will hold a fringe meeting at the Green Party’s Spring conference on ‘Homophobia in Eastern Europe’ with a speaker (Aleksandra Krestowska) from the Polish Green Party.
“In Poland,” Joseph continued, “the Polish Green Party have been at the forefront of the struggle for LGBT rights against a homophobic Catholic Church and those political forces, which largely consist of the Law and Justice Party. Many young LGBT Poles have come to the UK to escape homophobic attacks and persecution.
“It is inconceivable in this environment that the Conservative Party is even considering allying themselves with a political party which has spearheaded the appalling treatment of Poland’s LGBT citizens. And we are again seeing signs of the lack of changes we’ve been assured had happened within the Conservative Party.
Joseph concluded: “We call upon the Tory Party to come out and declare if these are their future allies in Europe. If this is the case, we urge all LGBT people and Polish citizens voting for the European Parliament on June 4th to send them a firm rejection!”