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Poland’s Anti-Gay Leader Visits Niles

by Amy Wooten - WCT LINK - PICTURE


When new Polish President Lech Kaczynski visited the White Eagle Banquet Hall in suburban Niles Feb. 10, the Gay Liberation Network ( GLN ) made sure he was met with much criticism.

While Mayor Richard M. Daley dined with Poland’s leader across the street, LGBT activists gathered along Milwaukee Avenue to protest Kaczynski’s treatment of Poland’s gay and lesbian citizens.

“I find it outrageous that this mayor who claims to be so pro-gay is giving this man the time of day,” GLN’s Andy Thayer said. “This man is aiding and embedding Polish fascists who violently put down gay and lesbian demonstrations in this country.”

In Poland, gays are denied the right to freedom of assembly and are being arrested for peaceful protest. The country’s Minister of the Interior has publicly condoned acts of police brutality towards gays.

Earlier that day, Daley attended a corporate breakfast in support of Gay Games VII coming to the city this summer. He voiced his strong support of the sports and cultural festival, and called on corporations to support the effort.

Andy Thayer protests Polish President Lech Kaczynski


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