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Anti-Gay Mayor is New Polish President


LechHe cancelled an Equality March last June in Warsaw that was held anyway, against the government's wishes. Now, he is the president of Poland. Lech Kaczynski received 55 percent of the vote to achieve victory. As president he controls the nation's military but has limited influence in other areas.

A coalition of LGBT groups released a statement condeming the increase in homophobia in Poland since the cancellation of the Equality March. "People who hold high political positions in the Polish government cannot pretend that there is no problem with hatred towards homosexuals in Poland," the statement read.

In the run-up to the election a group called the Gay Power Brigade took responsibility for 13 fake bombs that were discovered around the city, briefly paralyzing it.

Pictured above is a hate group protesting the Equality March last June. Their sign reads, "Love is Heterosexual."

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  1. They forgot to add, "Hate is also heterosexual." That's not to say that love is ONLY heterosexual or that hate is EXCLUSIVELY heterosexual. See how important it is to add key words?

    Posted by: Matthew | Oct 25, 2005 3:28:06 PM

  2. It sounds like the homosexuals in Poland are as well accepted as the homosexuals in America. Hopefully Fred Phelps won't hear about this and start using 'fake bombs' to make his point. Then again, if he used the fake bombs, the authorities could finally have something real to arrest him for.

    Blow me Fred.

    Posted by: Jay Croce | Oct 26, 2005 1:47:29 AM

  3. Gays are not as accepted in Poland as they are in the US. Not even close. About half of Poland still lives in the dark ages, I am affraid. I was on that march - it was banned but gays and human rights activists like myself went ahead and had the march anyway - and I can tell you, Kaczynski has some very nasty freinds.

    Posted by: beatroot | Oct 26, 2005 11:56:42 AM

  4. A recent public opinion poll (conducted by the Demoskop Institute in July) showed that 55 percent of Poles hold a negative opinion of homosexuality, with only 27 percent expressing tolerance. Nearly one third of Poles showed allegiance to the view expressed by Walesa that homosexuality is a disease that requires medical treatment.A full 88 percent of Polish residents
    surveyed said they did not know anyone who was lesbian or gay.

    "I believe those people need medical treatment, imagine if all people were like that -- we wouldn't have any descendants,"- Former President Lech Walesa

    Posted by: HardToBeGreen | Oct 28, 2005 6:25:26 AM

  5. It's time for ACT UP to be born again out of fear of a rising religious and political war against gays world-wide. I'm sick of religious nuts and anti-gay hate groups having the high ground with right-wing politics giving them the ability to spread their hatred. I'm OUT & PROUD of it--no closets for me wherever I travel. However, I'll ban Polands tourism industry and elsewhere that treats gays with such horrid behavior. My money talks wherever I walk. Ban together gay community, it IS as bad as it seems and doesn't look as if it will get better any time soon unless we all ACT UP, STAND UP, and achieve high visibility for who we are, wherever we are!

    Posted by: The POPE | Nov 21, 2005 5:45:44 PM

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