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Poland's First Openly Gay Lawmaker Attacked Following Pride Parade in Warsaw

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(images of anti-gay nationalists and Warsaw's equality parade here)

Poland's first openly gay MP Robert Biedron was attacked following a Gay Pride parade on Saturday in Warsaw, Polskie Radio reports:

BiedronBiedron said that the attack took place in a cafe in central Warsaw where the MP was relaxing with a group of friends following the march.

“An aggressive man insulted us, using homophobic statements. He began to choke one of my friends and punched him in the face. “When he recognized me he spat in my face, raised his fists and and kicked me in the stomach,” the MP said.

According to Biedron, the assailant then ran away but was arrested shortly afterwards. Meanwhile, Biedron noted that the march itself had been considerably less problematic this year. The MP stressed that there were no signs of stones or bottles being thrown at marchers on Saturday, in contrast to some previous occasions.

Biedron tweeted shortly after the attack:

"I'm sick of homophobia. I was just beaten by a homophobe in the center of Warsaw. Police quickly caught him. Evening at the police station."

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  1. I feel so much for gays in Eastern Europe and other incredibly backwards areas. Hard to imagine, that it's considered a success that a pride parade wasn't violently targeted. But after the parade, this happens.

    Well wishes go out to MP Biedron. He's a hero and it's good that the attacker was arrested whereas in the past he would likely be allowed to run free.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Jun 17, 2013 10:27:24 AM


  2. Nasty people, those Poles. Their community here in NYC isn't much better either. Very Catholic, very racist and very, very anti-gay.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 17, 2013 10:52:54 AM


  3. Between all the anti-same-sex marriage marches and demos and now this, I never knew or woulda guessed how much anti-gay sentiment exists in Europe. It's come as a real surprise.... And a sad one.

    Posted by: Martin Haro | Jun 17, 2013 10:59:14 AM


  4. It's horrible that people are attacked for being gay. that often happens in the west as well. But it is real progress that the police have taken the crime seriously, captured the assailants and they will now be prosecuted. I suspect a little further east in Russia it was the victim who would be facing criminal prosecution for "promoting homosexuality."

    Posted by: Houndentenor | Jun 17, 2013 11:18:35 AM


  5. At least the Polish police responded appropriately, and Polish authorities aren't officially at least nearly as hostile towards gays as other parts of Eastern Europe, especially of course Russia.

    @Jamal,

    Yes, Poles, at least the older ones from Poland, are indeed very religious and very conservative. They practice a very conservative brand of Catholicism. But there's more to it than just religion. Eastern Europe is still decades behind western Europe, North America, most of South America, when it comes to gay acceptance. Countries like Poland have been badly traumatised by the wars and dictatorships, left and right, of the last century. They are also poorer. I'm not even sure if they qualify as 1st world. I'd call them 2nd world, one foot in the 1st, one in he 3rd.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 17, 2013 12:41:07 PM


  6. Heterosexuals' hatred of gay people is endless. Get well Robert.

    Posted by: Billy Crytical | Jun 17, 2013 9:26:27 PM


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