The European Parliament has adopted a resolution declaring the entire 27 member European Union a freedom zone for LGBT people. The resolution is the work of a cross-party group in the European Parliament, the LGBTI Intergroup.
Poland says that they are seeking to protect traditional families based on unions of men and women. However, LGBT rights activists say the designations are discriminatory and make gays and lesbians feel unwelcome. The government also has argued that the rates of hate crimes are lower in Poland than in many countries in Western Europe.
On 7 August 2020, a protest against the arrest of LGBT activist Margot led to a confrontation with police in central Warsaw and resulted in the arrest of 47 others, some of whom were peacefully protesting and others who were bystanders to the event, dubbed “Polish Stonewall” in an analogy to the 1969 Stonewall riots.