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Lech Kaczynski
Gay Pride in Poland

in POLAND, 28/06/2004

ILGA protests Warsaw mayor's homophobic stands

Mr. Kaczynski,

To join EU is more than just getting the economic benefits of the western world. It is also about respecting minority rights and democracy. I am outraged about your role in preventing the annual gay parade, Parada Rownosci, from taking place in Warsaw. It is not the business of the President of the City to police the sexual preferences of the people or to act as moral watchdog for the city. The Parade is an important part of the social and political life of the city as minorities must be able to express their points of view and be able to appear in the streets without fear of hate attacks or repression by the city authorities.

As a responsible politician you should be able to take pride from your lesbian, gay, bisexual and transexual citizens as you are from Pope. If not what is the difference between you and the Mollas of Iran? Shame on you!

On behalf of millions of lgbt people all around the world I demand you consider your position.

Kursad Kahramanoglu
ILGA Co-Secretary General
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