In recent years, liberal Poles have sought to regain control of public media and the civil service. Renata Kim, a journalist working for Poland's edition of Newsweek, admitted that "homosexuality is becoming a normal thing in Poland."
But polls have Biedroń in third place behind Polish President Andrzej Duda, a devout Catholic, and European Council president Donald Tusk. Poland has been ruled by the Law and Justice party since 2015.
The party touts itself as a socially conservative and proudly Catholic political force that seeks to restore Polish society to its Catholic roots. It was co-founded by Jaroslaw Kaczyński, a popular dissident when Poland was under communist control, in 2001 with the hope of sparking a "moral revolution" in Polish society.
Law and Justice stands in opposition to abortion, in vitro fertilization and same-sex "marriage." The party also believes the Church ought to preserve its moral authority and receive financial backing from the state.
"Poland is ... devoted to a conservative, populist, authoritarian political party," acknowledged Biedroń, who has increased spending on education and social housing.
Poland is ... devoted to a conservative, populist, authoritarian political party.
His campaign for Poland's presidency comes on the heels of Polish conservatives blasting the European Union for flying a gay flag outside the European Parliament in Brussels on May 17.
Marking "International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia," critics claimed the display normalized homosexuality.
Ryszard Legutko, co-chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists group, said in a letter to the European Parliament that its initiative displayed "just one lobby group" and endorsed a "moral revolution" that privileges same-sex couples.