Jaruga-Nowacka, who served as Poland’s deputy prime minister between 2004 and 2005, openly criticized Kaczynski for his rabid anti-gay views. At one officially banned Gay Pride event, she told the crowd: “We are for democracy. We are for protection of all human rights, not only for some groups who are in the majority in Poland. All citizens have the right to choose their own way of life. I am here to express my protest against the mayor’s decision [to ban gay parades] which is a violation of the Polish constitution and of civic rights. I am here to show my respect for the Polish tradition of tolerance,”
Jaruga-Nowacka regularly spoke at other gay rights rallies where she suffered verbal abuse from extremist nationalists and Christian groups.
Izabela was a greatly influential MP, a feminist and a big and active supporter of LGBT rights in Poland. For all her actions she recieved the highest LGBT award in Poland (2001) as well as a nomination by Poland for the Nobel Peace Price (2005)