From British daily The Independent:
Poles apart: how gay people suffer under the new regime
By Jerome Taylor in Warsaw
Published: 01 December 2006
Twenty-five years ago, two identical twins, once childhood stars in Poland during the Sixties, were on the run from the Communist regime’s secret police.
Today, they are the President and Prime Minister of their country, and fiercely proud of Poland’s feisty role in Europe and its close friendship with the United States.
One of the brothers, President Lech Kaczynski, flew to Britain this month to meet the Queen and Tony Blair, part of an official visit during which the two countries celebrated their close alliance, built on a mild mutual Euroscepticism and a firm belief in pursuing the “war on terror“.
Lech’s brother, Jaroslaw, remained in Warsaw running the country as Prime Minister.
But the journey they have made from being on the run to running the country has come at an unacceptably high price for many Poles.
The country’s gay community today feels the cold blast of exclusion, just as the twins did 25 years ago.
Homosexuals in Poland are under siege, as right-wing youth groups carrying banners proclaiming “zakaz pedalowania” (“ban paedophilia”) hurl stones at gay pride marches, and mainstream politicians mutter dark threats of sacking homosexual teachers to “protect the nation’s children”.
For young gay Poles like Dominik Piotrovski, a student from Warsaw, homophobic attacks are on the rise, especially against those gay men and women brave enough to be publicly open about their sexuality.
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