Polish Prime Minister: We’re Not Anti-Gay

Jaroslaw_1Poland wants more clout in the European Union, so the country’s prime minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski traveled to Brussels to appeal to the EU commission and explain to them that homophobia and anti-Semitism in his country are on the wane:

“I ask you not to believe in the myth of Poland as an anti-semitic, homophobic and xenophobic country…People with such [homosexual] preferences have full rights in Poland, there is no tradition in Poland of persecuting such people.”

The commission should have asked him about the Equality Parade that his twin brother Lech, now the country’s president, cancelled when he was mayor of Warsaw.

PoznanOr how about the 65 protestors who were detained and interrogated in Poznan, Poland last November for rallying against discrimination based on “sexual orientation, gender, race, and disability.”

And what were the punishments given to the violent protestors who hurled objects at Equality March participants in Warsaw and Krakow earlier this year?

According to the EU Observer, “[Kaczynski] admitted that an anti-semitic ‘fringe’ exists in Polish politics but said it is in a process of change, while showcasing the fact Poland has many gay nightclubs and magazines, as well as ‘people of such a persuasion holding high public positions, on the right and not just on the left.'”

Why is it then, that even in Berlin they’re knocking down doors to speak out against Poland’s policies?

Gay-friendly Poland wants more EU clout, prime minister says [eu observer]