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Poland’s Gay Lawmakers Moved to the Front Bench in Parliament After Lech Walesa’s Bigoted Comments

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Janusz Palikot, the leader of Polands progressive party Palikot’s Movement, moved swiftly and strongly against the neanderthal anti-gay comments the former Poland President, Nobel Prize Winner and supposed “human righst activist” Lech Walenska  by moving Poland’s first gay lawmaker Robert Biedron and first transgender lawmaker Anna Grodzka to the Parliament’s front bench.

Welesa said over the weekend in a televised interview that gays have no right to sit on the front benches in Parliament and, if represented at all, should sit in the back, and even behind a wall.”

The AP reports:

Janusz Palikot, the leader of progressive party Palikot’s Movement, reacted by promoting the party’s gay lawmaker, Robert Biedron, and transgender lawmaker, Anna Grodzka, to the front row for a three-day session starting Wednesday. In Poland’s Parliament, the front row, which is closest to the Speaker and gets the most TV attention, is generally for party leaders and senior lawmakers. The Cabinet sits in a separate section. Palikot said he will also seek a resolution asking Walesa to “change his manner of speaking.”

Walesa has declined an invitation to meet with Biedron.

Walesa’s son said he was shocked by his father’s words, which “should not have been said

How do you say “Oh Snap Bitch!” in Polish again?


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