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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. "Who's to say the standing figure isn't a female with a strap-on?"

    THEY SAY IT!!!

    Posted by: sandi | Nov 24, 2011 3:04:45 PM


  2. Jeez ! You're all knotting your selves up about stick figures having penises !!

    Ahhhhhhh !
    As Frothy , would say; "It is what it is."

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Nov 24, 2011 3:14:45 PM


  3. No, I hate gay guys so I will constantly think and obsess over them...

    Posted by: Michael | Nov 24, 2011 4:30:59 PM


  4. Obviously straight people have anal sex--I'm sure many of the homophobes beg their women to open up the rear door. But these morons either don't want to admit it or moronically consider it ok if it's man- woman.

    The point of the graphic, however we personally interpret it, is clearly anti-gay-male-sex, as KevinVT correctly points out, and it's become the universal anti- gay symbol in Eastern Europe. (We saw it in person all over the place--no ambiguity about the target.) So, as silly as the symbol may be to anyone with a brain, the homophobic hatred and violence behind the graphic is real.

    Posted by: Ernie | Nov 24, 2011 6:09:00 PM


  5. OK, for those who refuse to believe it's about gay male anal sex and think the Polish neo-Nazis are mad at women with strap-ons, the text also clears this up:

    zakaz pedałowania -- ban fagging

    What they want to forbid is NOT lesbians and NOT anal sex. It is fags doing their thing. This word pedał refers ONLY to men. Can we stop the fantasy now please?

    Posted by: KevinVt | Nov 24, 2011 6:15:44 PM


  6. Jamal49, you've clearly missed the racist comments in Africa-related posts such as this (and this is tame for Towleroad White Racists): http://www.towleroad.com/2011/11/cameroon-sends-three-men-to-prison-for-five-years-for-gay-sex.html.

    Ciao ciao!

    Posted by: redball | Nov 25, 2011 12:01:55 AM


  7. I'm intrigued by the tolerance it took for them to print out so many of these despicable images and the patience necessary to sweat over each image as they're placed on long baited sticks.

    Makes me reevaluate my wang theory.

    Posted by: Ishaq | Nov 25, 2011 2:20:28 AM


  8. I notice that all the sign holders are young men. Trying so hard to show how not gay they are! And failing.

    Their meetings must be a hot bed of sweaty crotches and furtive looks.

    Posted by: jaime jones | Nov 26, 2011 8:42:29 PM


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