Celebrated British actor Stephen Fry has come out in solidarity with Maltese MEP Cyrus Engerer over swelling homophobia in the European Union.
“Under the guise of a tedious and deceitful ‘anti-woke’ sentiment, countries like Hungary and Poland are beginning to strangle the precious rights and freedoms of their LGBT+ citizens – I stand with brave and good MEPs like Mr Engerer here,” Fry tweeted.
This comes after the Maltese MEP called out “homophobes in governments” on Twitter following crackdowns on the LGBT+ community in a number of EU countries.
“You will not make us invisible again!” Engerer tweeted, announcing that the European Parliament will declare the union an LGBT+ Freedom Zone today.
A number of towns and cities across Poland and Hungary, with the blessing of both countries’ conservative governments, declared themselves “free from LGBT+ ideology”.
The MEP previously accused Prime Minister Victor Orban and the Polish government of atrocious treatment of the LGBT+ community, warning that the EU will not tolerate this “politics of hatred”.
This afternoon, Engerer will lead a historic resolution to declare the whole bloc an “LGBT+ freedom zone”.
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