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Letter to the Editor

From the President of Kampania Przeciw Homofobii
(Campaign Against Homophobia)

 As Poland’s nationwide LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) organization which works towards equal rights for all citizens, I would like to express our deep concern and protest at the statements made by David Cameron, the Leader of the Conservative Party on Sky News on October 7, 2009 regarding the Polish Law and Justice Party (PiS).

He claimed that he did not believe “the Law and Justice Party are homophobic”.  In such case we are afraid that he has been misinformed about the extent of PiS’s homophobic sentiments.

It is worth reminding Mr. Cameron that the current President of Poland, Lech Kaczynski, banned the Pride parade in Warsaw twice while he was mayor of the city and member of the PiS party.

Later, when PiS gained control of the government in 2005, the Minister of Culture Kazimierz Michał Ujazdowski said: “We should not confuse brutal homosexual propaganda with the calls for tolerance.  This is some sort of madness, and from the point of view of that madness, our rule will be a black night.”

In many senses, their rule was a black night as their government took many measures to take away the rights of LGBT people, such as a proposed bill to ban homosexual propaganda in schools which propagated a sense of terror amongst teachers and students regarding an already highly stigmatized group.

It is true that the PiS party is against same-sex marriage and adoption.  However, we do not feel this is adequate in judging if PiS is homophobic.  Because not only is PiS against same-sex marriage, but they are also against any form of registered partnerships, they oppose including homophobic hate crimes as criminal in the penal code and many other measures which would assist in gaining full rights for LGBT citizens of Poland.

Although members of the PiS party claim to be for equal rights, their political record shows exactly the opposite.  We must remember that Poland is not a Catholic country, but a democratic country ruled by a Constitution which bans discrimination on all grounds.

Therefore the civil and political rights of LGBT people in Poland can not be dismissed by claiming an opposition to a “European superstate”. We hope that Mr. Cameron if elected Prime-minister will rather uphold the standards of universal human rights in all European countries.

Marta Abramowicz
President,
Kampania Przeciw Homofobii (Campaign Against Homophobia)
Warsaw, October 8, 2009

SEE ALSO

Polish Gays Cite Homophobic Remarks by PiS Party Politicians.  This morning, the gay advocacy group in Poland, Kampania Przeciw Homofobii (Campaign Against Homophobia), released a letter pointing out that the UK Conservative Party was misinformed when they say that their new political allies in the European Parliament, the Polish Law and Justice Party, were not homophobic.  (UK Gay News, October 8, 2009)

Polish PiS Party Will Not Apologise to Gays for Its Homophobia.  Commentary.  The recent statement by William Hague, a former leader of the British Conservatives, that his party’s new political allies in the European Parliament, the Polish Law and Justice Party (PiS) had moderated their views on gays and gay rights has been dismissed in Poland.  (UK Gay News, July 7, 2009)

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Posted: 8 Oct 2009 at 11:30 (UK time)

   
             
       

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