From Pink News (via SFGN):

The plane crash that killed the homophobic Polish President Lech Kaczynski has also claimed the life of Izabela Jaruga-Nowacka, one of the most outspoken advocates for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) rights in Poland.

Jaruga-Nowacka served as Poland’s deputy prime minister between 2004 and 2005 and was a vocal critic of the homophobic policies and pronouncements of the country’s late president.

Kaczynski as mayor of Warsaw repeatedly banned gay pride marches from taking place within the capital. Jaruga-Nowacka spoke out at a banned event in 2005: “We are for democracy,” she told the crowd. “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.”

Adding: “I am here to express my protest against the Mayor’s decision 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.”

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.

One reply on “Polish plane crash included loss of gay advocate”

  1. It is good to hear that balancing forces are present in the world. We are at a time in our life on this Earth that it seems really outdated to discriminate against a certain race or lifestyle.

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