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Poland: New Poll Shows Poles Disagree With Walesa on Gays

Monday, March 11th, 2013

PolandJust last week, Activist and Former Polish President Lech Walesa said gays in parliament should have to sit in the back, or behind a wall, and claimed that 95% of Poles agreed with him. Not so fast, as Pink News reports:

The new poll carried out by the Homo Homini research institute found that only 31% of Polish people agreed with Lech Walesa’s remarks, as opposed to the 95%, which he claimed. The survey found that 59% of Poles did not agree with Walesa’s statement, with 10% saying they did not know.

This is especially surprising given the low level of support marriage equality received in Poland in a recent poll. Surprising but gratifying.

Poland: Gay, Trans Lawmakers Move to Front of Parliament; Walesa Refuses to Apologize

Monday, March 4th, 2013

PolandSome updates in the Lech Walesa story – after he made his anti gay comments the other day, gay and trans lawmakers responded. Towleroad.com reports:

Janusz Palikot, the leader of progressive party Palikot’s Movement, reacted by promoting the party’s gay lawmaker, Robert Biedron, and transgender lawmaker, Anna Grodzka, to the front row for a three-day session starting Wednesday. In Poland’s Parliament, the front row, which is closest to the Speaker and gets the most TV attention, is generally for party leaders and senior lawmakers. The Cabinet sits in a separate section. Palikot said he will also seek a resolution asking Walesa to “change his manner of speaking.”

Europe Online reports that Walesa remains unapologetic:

Former Polish president and labour union leader Lech Walesa has refused to apologize for controversial comments about the proper place for homosexuals in society, the PAP news agency reported Monday. “I only said they should have the status appropriate for them based on their percentage (of the population),” he said.

It’s so sad to see the fall of such an icon.

Poland: Seriously? Lech Walesa Wants Gays to Sit in the Back, or Behind a Wall

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

We did not expect this. Lech Walesa, hero of the Polish labor hero and human rights activist, thinks gays should be at the back of the bus. Well, almost. Gay Star News reports:

According to Polskie Radio, Lech Walesa was expressing his views on same-sex civil partnerships in Poland when he went on a homophobic tangent. ‘Homosexuals should sit on the last bench in the plenary hall, or even behind the wall, and not somewhere at the front,’ said the 1983 Nobel Peace Prize winner. He added: ‘A minority can not impose itself on the majority. They must know they are a minority and adapt themselves to smaller things’.

Nothing drives us crazier than seeing a minority or rights activist slam the door behind them on the LGBT community. Sickening.