Warsaw Gay Pride: Look Who’s Hiding Now

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The gays will no longer hide their faces in Poland, a nation where homophobia is sanctioned by the government. Approximately 2,000 people participated in the Equality Parade over the weekend, which was patrolled by as many police.

A quick glance at the crowd will show where the shame is in this country. Many of the neo-Nazis who showed up to try and pelt the marchers with eggs (they were held back from the crowd by police) hid their faces behind masks like cowards.

Last year there were protests following the Equality Parade. A gay rights march in Poznan, Poland resulted in the detention of 65 people recently. In March, a speech in Berlin by Polish President Lech Kaczynski was interrupted by protestors objecting to his anti-gay policies. And in May, a March for Tolerance in Krakow erupted in violence.

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Thankfully, the march in Warsaw was spared any blood. It’s obviously very close at hand. Bravo to those in Poland willing to risk their lives to march for human rights.

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Fears of Poland’s gay community [bbc]

Comments

  1. Andrew says

    Does anyone have any contact info for the supposed ‘government’ of Poland to tell them how the rest of the world feels about their homophobia?

  2. james says

    Does anyone have any contact info for the supposed ‘government’ of the United States to tell them how the rest of the world feels about their homophobia?

  3. Andrew says

    Even though the US has become a so-called bastion for ‘Religious Conservatives’, we still have over 70 gay Pride events in our Country every year. What other Country can say that?

  4. Joe says

    My resident polish person says the word ‘pedalowania’ on the sign is a not-nice slang term for “gay man”. ‘zakaz’ translates to “Prohibited”. So the sign basically reads “No Fags”.

  5. Brian says

    I think it’s interesting how we’re hearing so many people in the US talking about the commercialization of pride festivals, wondering if the festivals are even relevant anymore… and then we see how a simple parade can start the change rolling in another country. Maybe we jaded queens should be a little less bitchy about pride festivals and remember what they have done for us not so very long ago.

  6. Eoin M says

    Look stop bitching, this isn’t about America for once. It’s about Poland. Stick to topic!

    Those protesters would cause chaos at the opening of a pink envelope. Good luck to all the gays there and hope things start improving bit by bit for them.

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