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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.


Transgender Woman, Out Gay Man Take Seats in Polish Parliament

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In what the AP is describing as a reflection of "profound social change," in Poland, an opennly gay man and a transgender woman have taken seats in that nation's parliament:

Anna Grodzka, who was born a man but underwent a sex change operation, entered the assembly hall wearing a burgundy skirt and jacket. Several men and women shook her hand, while one male lawmaker kissed her on the cheek.

Grodzka then took a seat next to Robert Biedron, a leading gay rights activist who is the first openly gay person to be elected to parliament. Both belong to Palikot’s Movement, a new progressive party that became the third-largest party in parliament in Oct. 9 elections.

Palikot’s Movement has vowed to push for liberal causes. It opposes the power of the church in society, promotes gay rights, and wants to challenge the country’s near-total ban on abortion.

Poland: Transsexual and openly gay man take seats in new parliament in sign of historic change [ap]


Plane Carrying 230 Passengers Lands on Belly After Wheels Fail: VIDEO

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A LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 767 from Newark to Warsaw carrying 230 passengers was forced to make a wheels-up emergency landing earlier today after its landing gear failed. The plane circled Warsaw for more than an hour burning off fuel.

Thankfully, someone experienced was at the helm: "The pilot, identified as Tadeusz Wrona, had 20 years of flight experience on Boeings in addition to his background as a flight planner." Well done.

Watch the landing, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #918

GEORGE TAKEI: Mr. Sulu weighs in on NY's marriage equality victory.

SINKHOLE: Spectators watch (a little too closely imho) as a massive sinkhole swallows a beach in Inskip, Australia.

MICHELLE BACHMANN: Don't know much about history.

SOLSTICE: A lantern festival in Poznan, Poland. May not be too fire safe or environmentally friendly, but it sure looks good.

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News: Croatia, Ryan Philippe, EastEnders, IRS, David Norris

 road Unusually long lunar eclipse to be visible this week.

 road Chaz Bono to be grand marshal of San Francisco's pride parade.

Rp  road Ryan Philippe almost in disguise at his son's football game.

 road Croatian President Ivo Josipovic blasts the anti-gay protesters responsible for the violence at yesterday's pride parade saying that it was "not Croatia's real face."

 road IRS sends out letters with language that excludes same-sex couples: "How the errant letters started is unclear. Tax experts who brought the letters to the attention of the I.R.S. weeks ago had wondered if anti-gay I.R.S. employees were acting out of malice. 'It’s either intentional or ignorance,' said Pan Haskins, an Oakland tax consultant who had been tracking the letters."

 road Extremists in Poland attacked gay pride participants yesterday with firecrackers and anti-gay chants. No injuries or arrests were made.

 road The BBC felt a need to issue a public statement about a scene in EastEnders which showed two men in bed together.

 road This woman is also very likely to steal candy from a baby.

 road Justin Bieber sends his get well card to girlfriend Selena Gomez via Twitter.

D  road Openly gay Irish politician David Norris is still eyeing the presidency in Ireland: "...I will say that I have represented Ireland on the world stage before. It was an honour then and it will be an honour if I am elected the ninth president of Ireland."

 road Joel Burns on Sam Maden, the 12-year-old who successfully petitioned to get the Boston Red Sox to create an "It Gets Better" video: "I'm proud of Sam and I think that his bold action is yet another example of people joining in this conversation about teenage bullying and suicide. All of our kids' lives have worth and even the children have a role in participating in that conversation."

 road Mitt Romney has already won the support of Matt Drudge.

 road Tonight's Tony Awards host Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka out on the town on the eve of the ceremony.

 road Dustin Lance Black wants to hear your stories.


News: Poland, HIV, Don Lemon, Michelle Obama, Scotland

 road Terrence Malick's new film The Tree Of Life wins the Palme d'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival.

Poland  road 14 people arrested in Poland after 150 anti-gay protesters try to disrupt a gay pride parade in that country.

 road Is this a sign that Sarah Palin will run for president?

 road Director Nicolas Winding Refn just can't keep his hands off of Ryan Gosling

 road The FDA approves the first new HIV drug, called Edurant, in three years: "The new medicine may still find a niche among patients who don't respond to Atripla or can't tolerate its side effects."

 road Republican state representative Frederick Ladd Wintle arrested after pulling a gun on a reporter he mistakenly thought was a drug dealer.

 road Kelly Clarkson to release new single in July.

 road Blogger snags interview with his "man crush"; prime minister Vladimir V. Putin.

Obama  road Michelle Obama alludes to gay families in speech to graduates at West Point: "I ask you to remember that family has always been a centerpiece of our American story. No matter how you’ve grown up, no matter how you define family, all of you have someone in your life who believed in you and pushed you."

 road Japan kicks Russell Brand out of the country.

 road Academy Award-winning songwriter who penned “You Light Up My Life" found dead in apparent suicide.

 road Freshly out news anchor Don Lemon: "It's time for us, especially black people, to stop trying to pray the gay away and to get on our knees and start praying that the discrimination of gay people ends."

 road Michael Bublé gives marriage with the same woman another shot.

 road Scottish politician calls the exclusion of openly gay ministers in the Church of Scotland "old-fashioned prejudice masquerading as morality."


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