Not that long ago, Poland was known as a homophobic country. But after the death of the extremely homophobic President Lech Kaczynski in 2010, the tide started turning. And nowadays, the Polish people are ready for the first ever election of an openly gay politician.
Recently, Robert Biedron, 38, was appointed mayor of the city of Slupsk. In the second round he managed to get 57.1% of the votes. Despite the fact that Poland still is a very Catholic country, many Roman Catholics also voted for him. Robert Biedron is a member of the ultra-liberal Your Movement party and member of the board of directors of Kampania Przeciw Homofobii, an organisation that fights homophobia. For several years now, he has a steady boyfriend.
At the time Lech Kaczynski was still in power, he ruled the country with an iron homophobic fist with his twin brother and former Prime Minister Jaroslaw. Under the reign of the brothers Gay Prides were banned and homosexuals were arrested and practically treated the way homosexuals are treated in present day Russia. Lech's death in 2010 paved the way for a new president, and the tide starting turning with more politicians defending homosexuals and transgender people.
In 2011, Polish history was made with the first openly transgender politician Anna Grodzka, who is still active in the Polish parliament. Yet things are not all well in Poland when it comes to homosexuals and transgenders, but the country is on the right track. Most of the homophobia in Poland now most likely comes from local neo-Nazis.