Poland’s Biggest Gay Rights Villian: Lech Alekander Kaczynski and Hero: Izabela Jaruga-Nowacka Perish Together In Plane Crash

Izabela Jaruga-NowackaMay She Rest In Peace
Polish President Lech Alekander Kaczynski and former Deputy Prime Minister Izabela Jaruga-Nowacka are among the 87 people killed when a Polish Air Force plane crashed while attempting to land near the city of Smolensk in Russia.
Kaczynski’s clashes with Polish gay rights activists gained him international notoriety. As mayor of Warsaw, he repeatedly banned gay pride parades from taking place in the city, citing security concerns and an offense to public morals. “If that kind of approach to sexual life were to be promoted on a grand scale, the human race would disappear,” Kaczynski said in 2007. “Imagine what grand changes would occur in mores if the traditional links between men and women were set aside.

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)

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