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Wed 6 Mar, 2013
By Robert Ingham

telling a radio show on Monday that he was "fed up with (gay people) flaunting it"

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Gay and Transsexual MP in Polish protest over homophobic remarks

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Poland's first openly gay and transsexual parliamentarians have sat on the front bench in protest at remarks made by former president Lech Walesa

The remarks, made on Friday last week from Walesa who won the Nobel peace prize in 1983 was quoted as saying that gay people belonged on the back benches of parliament, or "even behind brick walls".

In response to this Robert Biedron, a gay rights activist, and Anna Grodzka, who had a male to female sex-change operation, protested by sitting on the front bench in parliament, seats that are reserved for party leaders and prominent lawmakers.

Walesa's comments have sparked an outcry in Poland, known for its liberal views, and a petition by All Out has been started to force him to make an apology. However, Walesa has hit back at critics by refusing to apologise, telling a radio show on Monday that he was "fed up with (gay people) flaunting it", and said that he had received letters of support, with one going as far as saying "I’m of the opinion that queers and lesbians are ill as a result of their own wishes, they are perverts.”

However his reports that 95% of people agree with him, the petition from All Out has gathered well over 4,000 signatures out of a goal of 5,000 could suggest otherwise.


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