Monday, November 29, 2010

Krystian Legierski becomes the 1st openly gay elected official in the Warsaw City Council


This is great news! Krystian Legierski made history by becoming the 1st openly gay elected official in Warsaw City Council.

Bay Windows has more:
Gay activist and club owner Krystian Legierski was elected to the Warsaw City Council from the city’s Mokotow district in the Nov. 21 election.

Although he is a member of the Green Party, Legierski was a candidate on the Social Democrats’ party list.

As in many countries, parties rank their candidates on a list and then the number of the candidates who win office is a matter of the percentage of votes the party receives overall.

Legierski also is black, "a very rare feature in Polish homogeneous society," said veteran gay activist Slawek Starosta.

In an interview, Legierski said: "In Poland there are so few blacks that nobody has ever done research on how many there are. It would not pay to do it. But without a black-emancipation movement, and without a strong organization of sexual minorities, after just 20 years of democracy, we have achieved what elsewhere sometimes took generations. Poland showed its tolerant and nondiscriminatory face."

Good luck to him and his endeavors

1 comment:

Glenn Ingersoll said...

I hope he writes a memoir. I'd read it.