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Polish Court Ruling Allows Nationalist Group to Register Graphic Anti-Gay Icon as Official Symbol

Out gay Polish MP Robert Biedron has urged the Ministry of Justice to intervene after a court ruling allowed a far-right nationalist group to register a graphic depicting gay sex with a bar through it as one of its official symbols, AFP reports:

PolandIn a little-noticed decision at the end of October, a court allowed the small National Rebirth of Poland (NOP) party to register two symbols. One was the Celtic cross, used by far-right movements internationally, while the other was a stylized illustration of gay sex with a bar through it.

The NOP trumpeted the court ruling on its website earlier this week, saying it capped a two-year legal battle. Grzegorz Schetyna, a senior player in Poland's ruling centrist Civic Platform, accused the judge who made the ruling of failing in his duties.

"Such symbols are unacceptable," he told the station Radio Zet

Biedron is the first openly gay member to be elected to parliament. He was recently seated along with Anna Grodzka, Poland's first transgender MP.

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  1. So classy, so mature, so worth fighting for.

    Posted by: Paul R | Nov 23, 2011 5:46:49 PM

  2. I consider it a very high honor to be despised by quasi-human neo-nazi scum.

    Posted by: Kevin | Nov 23, 2011 6:00:32 PM

  3. Regardless of the red line though it - they are still spending their time walking around holding images of graphic gay sex. Methinks these 'macho' thugs are getting more than just political pleasure out of this homoerotic display

    Posted by: Den | Nov 23, 2011 6:09:57 PM

  4. that's the strange irony of homophobes. they spend more time thinking about sweaty mansex than gay people do.

    Posted by: troy | Nov 23, 2011 6:14:56 PM

  5. do these young men feel about Lesbians?

    or lesbian porn?

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Nov 23, 2011 6:27:57 PM

  6. Yeah, if I saw someone with a sign like that, it'd pretty much be like a word balloon above their head screaming "I can't stop thinking about gay sex, ever."

    That this group wants it registered as their official symbol (for cryin' out loud) is like a group of Freudian psychologists waving around a sign with a line through a cigar.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Nov 23, 2011 7:29:11 PM

  7. What? No lovely racist faggots decrying the barbaric homophobia of the "dark continent" of Europe?

    Posted by: redball | Nov 23, 2011 8:00:45 PM

  8. The price you pay for freedom of speech. Not that there is much of that in Europe unless you're a Muslim. I would imagine the EU will shut this down - if it's still around to do so.

    Posted by: Chunks | Nov 23, 2011 8:42:52 PM

  9. How do we know that's not two heterosexuals engaged in anal sex? From what I hear, it's currently all the rage with them. I can understand why, of course. But, seriously, who in their right mind would take seriously a political party idiotic enough to pick a logo as sophomoric as that?

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Nov 23, 2011 8:53:31 PM

  10. An intolerant bigoted person might say the Polish need the sign to remind them how to do it.
    While We are on the subject of intolerance, I may as well let a few classic ones rip:
    "I knew a guy that was 1/2 polish 1/2 Italian. He wanted to beat someone up, but forgot who".
    "Did you hear about the polish guy that was told he had sugar in his urine? He went home and pissed on his Cornflakes".
    "Did you hear about the Polish gold medal winner. He had it bronzed".
    - Rodney Dangerfield

    Posted by: DearComrade | Nov 23, 2011 9:12:59 PM

  11. They do realize straight people do this too right??

    Posted by: Craig | Nov 23, 2011 9:45:30 PM

  12. In case you can't see it, the bottom stick figure has a stick penis, so it's obviously about male male sex, which is the scariest thing in the world. This logo is all over E Europe and has been used by Scott Lively & Co for the past decade.

    Posted by: KevinVt | Nov 23, 2011 11:12:40 PM

  13. Why do they always assume we do it doggy style? I never liked that position myself.

    As an aside: I had to inform one of my female friends that two men can, in fact, do the deed face to face. She thought it was mechanically impossible.

    Posted by: Jeff K. | Nov 23, 2011 11:27:26 PM

  14. Jeff K.: So true. In a recent episode of 'Happy Endings', one of the girls (Penny, I think) told the gay character that she liked to kiss while doing the deed. Then she made some comment like, "Oh, you wouldn't know anything about that." To which he agreed!!! #FAIL. It's called, THROW YOUR LEGS IN THE AIR OR OVER MY SHOULDERS.

    Pretty surprising gaffe for a show that is so good at being ribald and off-color.

    Posted by: redball | Nov 24, 2011 2:40:15 AM

  15. It's a stylized image of anal sex, not gay sex. Anal sex is practiced by both straight couples and gay couples. It isn't the unique domain of any one gender combination.

    Of course, these right-wing activists are referring to anal sex between men but you'd think that they'd be just as concerned about anal sex between men and women if they were to be consistent. You can never find consistency in right-wing morons.

    Posted by: jason | Nov 24, 2011 7:06:12 AM

  16. What's wrong with the Heimlich maneuver?

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Nov 24, 2011 7:24:46 AM

  17. Straight porn is full of anal sex and I know several straight who want to have sex that way with their partners, so it proves it's not just gays.

    Posted by: Robert in NYC | Nov 24, 2011 9:35:40 AM

  18. Jason, once again, NO!

    The bottom has a PENIS. He is a man, not a woman.
    So the sex is kinda gay.

    Posted by: KevinVt | Nov 24, 2011 10:28:10 AM

  19. Cleare here

    Posted by: KevinVt | Nov 24, 2011 10:35:05 AM

  20. @Leroy: My thoughts exactly. This seems like a misplaced symbol of homophobia, more anti-anal sex than it is anti-gay. Something tells me that these neo-nazis are not "missionary only" types.

    @chunks: I was with you on freedom of speech, but then you veered off into whackadoo land with your anti-Islam stuff. Please don't do this to good arguments, you sound like a crazy tea party person, or, more appropriately, a nationalist, xenosceptic European who throws the Muslim red herring out there to ravenous natives rather than accepting responsibility for the failings of her/his own governments' policies.

    (PS what part of European policy toward Muslims qualifies as special treatment vis-a-vis the freedom of speech: the "hate speech" laws in Britain that don't allow "radical" imams to say anything too incendiary? the ban on the veil in France? the anti-immigration policies in Denmark? Get a grip.)

    Posted by: Andalusian Dog | Nov 24, 2011 11:39:28 AM

  21. Living in Europe - every time I see neonazi's which are here synonymous with skinheads - then I go on gayromeo and see guys advertising as skinheads I think WTF? Do gay men have a natural desire to sexualize hatred? If that's the case boys- grab a white robe and a cardinals hat and have at it.

    But seriously - if all gays dressed as skinheads maybe we can disempower the look. Just like goproud does so much good for the gay rights movement. Not.

    Polish skinheads (identical to neonazis) have been ruining that country as well as Serbia and Hungary for years. All religious countries with a strong belief in freedom - for like minded bigots and no one else.

    I was in Poland in 1998 and after and have had heated arguments on the "freedom" movement as it is restricted to Catholics only. And Serbian Muslims? Same thing. Religions are equally evil and are a gateway drug to neonaziism.

    Posted by: Tommy's | Nov 24, 2011 11:56:36 AM

  22. You'll have to ignore "Chunks" - he's just one more angry little white gay boy whose parents are ashamed of him who needs to hate on brown people in order to win Daddy's tolerance.

    it's pathetic.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Nov 24, 2011 12:07:41 PM

  23. @REDBALL And your point is? Maybe the subtlety is too deep for me.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Nov 24, 2011 12:48:40 PM

  24. @KEVINVT. Okay, so the bottom has a penis. Who's to say the standing figure isn't a female with a strap-on? Heterosexuals do this sort of thing, you know. My point is is, anal sex is not necessarily gay sex. And I still thik it's a stupid logo for a political party.

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Nov 24, 2011 1:01:59 PM

  25. the logo is stupid and if these guys have a vehement disgust for LESBIAN SEX then I'm the Queen of England.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Nov 24, 2011 1:19:17 PM

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