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After going ‘free of LGBT,’ a Polish town pays a price

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KRASNIK, Poland – When local councilors adopted a resolution two years ago declaring their small town in southeastern Poland “free of LGBT,” the mayor didn’t see much harm in what appeared to be a symbolic and legally pointless gesture.Today, he’s scrambling to contain the damage.

What initially seemed a cost-free sop to conservatives in the rural and religiously devout Polish borderlands next to Ukraine, the May 2019 decision has become a costly embarrassment for the town of Krasnik.

It has jeopardized millions of dollars in foreign funding and, Mayor Wojciech Wilk said, turned “our town into a synonym for homophobia,” which he insisted was not accurate.A French town last year severed a partnership with Krasnik in protest.

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