Anti-gay Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski and his Europhobic, homophobic Law and Justice Party lost control of the government in the Oct. 21 general election.
They were replaced by the center-right Civic Platform party, which apparently is slightly less hostile to gays and is much friendlier toward the European Union.
Although gay activists, newspapers and former President Lech Walesa reportedly have spread unsubstantiated rumors that the unmarried Kaczynski is secretly gay, Kaczynski has called gays “perverse,” and his twin brother, President Lech Kaczynski, has warned that if homosexuality “were to be promoted on a grand scale, the human race would disappear.”
Gay groups expect Civic Platform to be, at minimum, less overt in thwarting social and political progress by the nation’s gay population.
“After two steps backwards, made thanks to the ruling party of Kaczynski twin brothers, the time has come for a step forward,” activists Pawel Walczak and Michal Minalto said in a posting at the gay Web site homiki.pl.
“We may be glad that two years of irresponsible governing are over, two years of increasing threats and discrimination against lesbians and gays.
However, a lot of work is before us.”