Gay Atheist Serious Contender in Poland’s Presidential Race

by Alexander Slavsky  •  •  May 30, 2018   

Robert Biedroń considering running in 2020

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SLUPSK, Poland ( - A homosexualist, atheist mayor of a major Polish city is slated to be a frontrunner for Poland's 2020 presidential election.

Robert Biedroń was elected the first openly gay Member of Parliament in 2011 and has been mayor of Słupsk since 2014. He also identifies as an atheist in the predominantly Catholic country.

"I'm a dreamer," he said. "I was born in a very traditional, conservative part of Poland. I am gay and being an atheist, it wasn't easy for me."

Biedroń served as a member of Social Democracy of the Republic of Poland party and the Democratic Left Alliance. He has also worked on the pro-LGBT Polish Campaign Against Homophobia, serving as president between 2001–2009.

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.
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