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August 27, 2013

One of the world's only openly trans politicians has spoken about being the target of many Polish neo-Nazi extremist groups

One of the world’s only openly trans politicians has spoken out against the ‘numerous death threats’.

Anna Grodzka has discussed some of the most extremist transphobia she has encountered while in office.

‘I’ve been shouted at many times, called names on the street, there has been numerous death threats on the internet,’ she told Gay Star News through a translator.

The 59-year-old, who has been a member of parliament since 2011, said neo-Nazi groups were the ‘biggest problem in Poland’.

March 6, 2013

Former Polish president Walesa attacks gays over pensions. Meanwhile gay and trans parliamentarians take front row seats in protest at his insistence they sit at the back

Poland’s former president Lech Walesa has defended anti-gay remarks saying 95% of the country agrees with him.

Digital activism group All Out have launched a petition for him to apologize, but he has refused, now arguing that gays and lesbians hurt people’s pensions.

March 3, 2013

Lech Walesa, Poland's president from 1990 to 1995, wants gay MPs to sit in the back of the parliament chamber 

Poland's former president believes gay MPs to sit in the back of the room in Parliament, or 'behind a wall'.

According to Polskie Radio, Lech Walesa was expressing his views on same-sex civil partnerships in Poland when he went on a homophobic tangent.

'Homosexuals should sit on the last bench in the plenary hall, or even behind the wall, and not somewhere at the front,' said the 1983 Nobel Peace Prize winner.

He added: 'A minority can not impose itself on the majority. They must know they are a minority and adapt themselves to smaller things'.

February 8, 2013

Poland's first transgender MP has been blocked from being elected to the prestigious post of deputy parliament speaker

Poland's first transgender lawmaker bid to become a deputy speaker in parliament has been blocked, after a representative she might have replaced refused to resign and lawmakers voted to keep her in place.

Anna Grodzka who was elected in 2011 to become member of Poland’s lower house (Sejm), has been in the spotlight when she became a potential candidate for a deputy speaker post.

February 8, 2013

Poland's first transgender MP has been blocked from being elected to the prestigious post of deputy parliament speaker

Poland's first transgender lawmaker bid to become a deputy speaker in parliament has been blocked, after a representative she might have replaced refused to resign and lawmakers voted to keep her in place.

Anna Grodzka who was elected in 2011 to become member of Poland’s lower house (Sejm), has been in the spotlight when she became a potential candidate for a deputy speaker post.

January 31, 2013

Poland's first transgender MP may soon be elected as the prestigious post of deputy parliament speaker

Anna Grodzka, Poland’s first openly transgender member parliament, may soon become one of Poland's deputy parliament speakers in the 460-member lower house, or Sejm.

Grodzka was suggested for the recently vacated post by her party’s leader, Janusz Palikot, of the left-liberal Palikot’s Movement, Poland’s third largest party.

Grodzka, confirmed to Polish television news channel TVN 24 that she intends to serve as deputy speaker, if her party supports her.

January 31, 2013

Poland's first transgender MP may soon be elected as the prestigious post of deputy parliament speaker

Anna Grodzka, Poland’s first openly transgender member parliament, may soon become one of Poland's deputy parliament speakers in the 460-member lower house, or Sejm.

Grodzka was suggested for the recently vacated post by her party’s leader, Janusz Palikot, of the left-liberal Palikot’s Movement, Poland’s third largest party.

Grodzka, confirmed to Polish television news channel TVN 24 that she intends to serve as deputy speaker, if her party supports her.

July 22, 2012

Melanie Nathan issues a call to action for the world to help Polish LGBT community by signing Avaaz Petition

Since the 1989 fall of communism, the Polish LGBT community has been pushing for civil unions, a form of equality they deem possible. However, not until now has there been a real opportunity for same-sex unions to be discussed in the Polish parliament and that may happen in the next few days. Yet activists fear that a motion by a speaker in parliament may kill their chances.

As it stands, Poland does not recognize same-sex unions, and this deprivation of rights and obligations, enjoyed by heterosexual couples through marriage, causes much hardship.

July 7, 2012

Boris Johnson blamed for 'embarrassing' World Pride in London, despite thousands of LGBT marchers taking part

The dark clouds which have been hanging ominously over this year’s troubled World Pride event in London finally broke today (7 July), but participants marched on despite the heavy showers.

Although the parade had been turned into a procession with only walking groups and no cars, buses or floats, thousands of people from LGBT organizations, charities, unions and political groups put on a brave face to process through the UK capital’s center.

December 23, 2011

Kaleidoscope Trust issues its first report on highs and lows of LGBT rights worldwide

A new British-based organization campaigning on gay rights worldwide has released its report documenting the position of global LGBT rights.

The Kaleidoscope Trust was launched with a reception at the House of Commons in September under the leadership of former Number 10 spin doctor Lance Price.

Pride told Gay Star News: ‘Now we are coming to the end of the year we’ve made lots of progress: we have a good structure with a strong board of directors. We now need to concentrate on funding.’