I'm doing well. Back at the University, doing my studies and generally causing heavy mental anguish for people with poor reasoning skills. ;D ;D ;D
A Kobayashi Maru is just an un-winnable situation. Protesting gay rights is simply that. Understand that my view of politics and media is that of top-down manipulation and not a bottom-up response. Consequently, I view most media frenzy and social movements in terms a psychological operation. Oh well.
Gay rights is an emotionally charged issue, hence its selection as grapple point. It appeals primarily to the feminine and fighting against it simply bolsters negative stereotypes that compound the power of the argument. Look, if two consenting adults choose to live a certain way, what business is it of mine? You cannot legislate morality beyond what the majority will accept. The primary goal of many of these movements is to dislodge the church from authority both publicly and privately. You either understand and accept that or you do not. The reason they are effective is because to the less thoughtful of mind it exposes hypocrisy. If I were a strategist trying to combat this scenario, I would immediately counter with the idea that redefining marriage to include only gay couples doesn't go far enough! Secular bigotry against the religious is blatant and apparent in this movement! They are only fighting for their own "Special" rights while intentionally leaving out other groups (ie. Mormons, Islamics, Libertines, etc.). Suddenly the logical hypocrisy becomes apparent and the whole movement loses it's support because its desired end-game is severely compromised and the potential for dangerous alliances simply outweighs any benefit. In essence, use the movements inertia against itself.
Well! I've devoted much more time to this post than I intended. Wether you find it brilliant or insane is of little regard. The logic is flawless.
Afterthought: Because (at least in western society) all issues are framed in terms of the feminine, The oppositions immediate reply will be in terms of feminism. The proper response is "I have no right to tell a woman how many husbands she can have, why do you feel that you do?" KA-POW! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
President refuses gay pride parade patronage 05.06.2013 12:00 The Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) opposition party has criticized President Komorowski for his refusal to assume patronage over the the gay pride parade scheduled for 15 June in Warsaw.
“It is a political mistake,” Dariusz Joński, a spokesman for the party said, adding that it took six months before the organizers of the annual parade through the streets of the capital received a ‘no’ response from the presidential chancellery.
‘’I hope it was the decision of the President’s advisers and that he himself holds a different view,” the SLD spokesman said.
The organisers of the parade sent a request to Bronislaw Komorowski – who was formerly a member of the ruling centre-right Civic Platform party – last December, but only received a reply on 29 May.
"The Office of the President of Poland cannot agree to your request and give consent to grant honorary patronage to the Equality Parade," a letter addressed from the President's Office to parade organisers said.
Dariusz Joński said, however, that Komorowski has often called for 'tolerance' and 'diversity' in Poland and should show that he is the president of the whole of the country and not just a part of it.
“If he makes up his mind and turns up at the parade, he will show that he is a president of all Poles. If not, he’ll show that he’s the same as [conservative opposition] Law and Justice [PiS] leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski and former justice minister Jaroslaw Gowin [both of whom are firmly against legalizing same-sex partnerships]” Joński added.
Honorary patronage of this year's event – which as well as calling for a civil partnerships law in Poland will also be demanding better access for disabled people to public buildings and the tightening of animal rights law – will be by the government's equality minister Agnieszka Kozlowska-Rajewicz.
The organisers are also waiting for a response from president of Warsaw, Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, to take up patronage of the event.
Homosexuality and the existence of Lesbians, Gays, Bixsexuals and Transgenders as groups in our society has been accepted by many people in the West. The idea in Western-Europe exists that tolerance towards LGTB is low in Central- and Eastern-European countries, because they saw violent riots and read about intolerance in these countries towards the LGTB people. In my opinion Poland is somewhat different than let's say for instance Ukraine, Russia, Serbia, Hungary, Romania or Bulgaria. But Poland is stil a rather traditional, conservative, and old fashionate Roman-Catholic country.
Probably Lesbians, Gays, Bixsexuals and Transgenders have a pretty good life in Poland as long as they don't brake the law and disturb public order. A gay pride parade is a fairly innocent demonstration of expressing themselves and letting people know that they exist and demand some rights. In Amsterdam and other Dutch towns and cities some Gay events are mass events, like the Gay Pride chanal parade and the Pinks saturdays in some towns.
It is worrysome that public bashing of gays is stil tolerated in Poland. A civilised country respects and honours diversity, and protects it's minorities. Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transgenders are about 10% of the population. If 10% of the population is discriminated, regulary beaten up, mocked, sweared at and ridiculed that is a worrysome fact. I witnessed past week, 'Homo' the Dutch word for Gay is used in a negative manner by early teenagers of highschools as swear word. Boys were screaming at each other, shouting Homo, Homo! (Something like f*got, not a very nice person or bastard!) That is shocking, when you realise that homosexual children are in the same class or school.
For some reason a lot of Gays, Lesbians and Bi-sexuals are teachers, professors, intellectuals, artists (painters, writers, poets and scuplturists), Fashion designers, dancers, political activists (for both leftwing and rightwing political parties), entrepreneurs, scientists and other creative and inventive subjects. Having studied at art academies, worked in cutural circles and the media, I am rather experienced with the subject Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transgenders. They were fellow students, colleages, and some of them are friends of mine. ( a minority of my friends is Homosexual, like they are 10% of the population)
Like straight people (hetrosexuals) I have had positive, neutral and negative experiences with Gay people. In general they are good people, and good local and regional politicians, teachers, artists, fashion designers, choreographers, photographers, painters, fathers and mothers (some of them had a straight life, before they came out of the closet).
Some of them are rather conservative and traditional, they have good connections with their hetrosexual family, and they live decent lives, but with a partner of the same sex. It is worrysome that sections of the migrant youth and native European Dutch youth as well are homophobic. Verbal agression and violence against gays and lesbians exists everywhere. The tolerance hasn't grown during the years. Gay bashing is not a Polish phenomenon, it exists in the Netherlands, Germany, the USA, Denmark, Belgium, France and Austria too. The difference is the fact that there is not an anti-Gay climate in Western-Europe. The intolerance and hatred towards Gays and Lesbians comes from groups; Low educated people, unemployed, conservative muslims, some fundamentalist christians, the far right and some simplistic people.
Is Anna Grodzka a good parliamentarian and can she do her job unhindered? A problem for transgender people sometimes is the fact that they are not accepted in their new gender, mocked, ridiculed and judged from the way they look and act. Some women who became men kept their feminine features, vice versa some man which became women after a sex change operation stil had masculine looks. It is hard to change nature, hormones and the way someone is created and built by birth. Others changed so much that they look like the one they want to be. A friend from my childhood changed his sex and is living like a woman now. I lost contact when I was teenager, but I heard about his sex change operation and the problems his traditional parents and my traditional parents had with his choice and wish to become and live as a woman.
An older cousin of mine had his coming out at the age of 60, because it was difficult to be who he really was in our traditional Dutch family with a lot of older people with roots in the pillarized Dutch society of the past (in which you had Roman-Catholic, Protestant, socialist, and liberal-conservative -general- pillars in society, and conservative confessional -religious and political traditional ideas-). In this time it was amazing to see my cousin's coming out after hiding his identity for so long. Ofcourse many people weren't surprised about his identity and already had thought he was gay without talking about it. But being open about it is can even be difficult in the Dutch society.
Some Gays stay in the closed all their lives and some of them even have conservative, reactionary, homophobic ideas. That is called self neglect or selfhatred.
Is Anna Grodzka a good parliamentarian and can she do her job unhindered? A problem for transgender people sometimes is the fact that they are not accepted in their new gender, mocked, ridiculed and judged from the way they look and act.
I suppose so. As you can guess, she fought for the rights of LGBT members of the society.
However, she isn`t going to candidate in this year`s elections.
Probably the political life and being a parliamentarian was to demanding of her. Politics is a tough game, and politicians are in the spotlights all the time and the target of hostile opponent politicians, the press of a different political colour, satire, cynicism, sarcastic remarks, hatred, verbal attacks, intimidation and maybe internal party politics.
Since she was a member of the left-liberal Palikot's Movement, she will have been the target of center right and rightwing political movements, parties, politicians and journalists. Her party is opposing the government party Civic Platform (Polish: Platforma Obywatelska, PO), and is a competitor of the national-conservative opposition party Law and Justice (PiS).
She might also have had some mocking or criticism of macho politicians from the Leftwing SLD and critical media and press. Politics is also a macho business of a bunch of hens and bulls (male politicians) and frierce cows and chickens (female politicians).
By the way how powerful is the Zjednoczona Lewica (United Left), the coalition of SLD+TR+PPS+UP+Zieloni today?
Poland among the ‘worst EU countries to be gay in’ 12.05.2016 15:30 Latvia, Lithuania and Poland have been billed the three worst countries in terms of gay rights in the whole of the European Union, according to the Rainbow Europe think tank. Latvia (17.35 percent), Lithuania (18.10 percent) and Poland (18.30 percent) fared worst among the 28 countries of the European Union. Poland is one of a handful of countries which ban same-sex civil unions. The best ranking countries in the Rainbow Europe list were Malta (87.75 percent) and Belgium (81.85 percent). Rainbow Europe is a European think tank which “brings together both the legal index of LGBTI equality based on our Rainbow Europe Map and an overview of the social climate for LGBTI people in each country based on [its] Annual Review of the Human Rights Situation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex People in Europe”. - See more at: www.thenews.pl/1/11/Artykul/252520,Poland-among-the-%E2%80%98worst-EU-countries-to-be-gay-in%E2%80%99#sthash.cdyd0oWY.dpuf
Poland one of EU's least tolerant countries: study 17.05.2017 11:52 Discrimination is unacceptable, a top official has said after a new study found Poland is among the EU's least tolerant countries. The study by ILGA-Europe, an organisation campaigning for political, legal and social change to the treatment of LGBTQ people, gave Poland 18 out of a possible 100 points, putting it just one spot ahead of equal-last placed Latvia and Lithuania in terms of rights of sexual minorities. But Krzysztof Szczerski, head of the Polish president's Cabinet, told the RMF radio station that discrimination was unacceptable and “if anyone feels stigmatised because of any trait, that is something which should not exist”. He denied that Poland was homophobic, saying: “Poles are and in my opinion should be people who are discretely tolerant”. The ILGA-Europe study was released on Wednesday, International Day Against Homophobia, Transfobia and Bifobia. It analysed a number of legal and systemic aspects, including the right for sexual minorities to start families, assemble, and not be discriminated, and found Malta to be leading the way in Europe, with 88 points. (vb/pk)
Harvey Bernard Milk (May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978) was an American politician and the first openly gay elected official in the history of California, where he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Although he was the most pro-LGBT politician in the United States at the time, politics and activism were not his early interests; he was neither open about his sexuality nor civically active until he was 40, after his experiences in the counterculture movement of the 1960s.
In 1972, Milk moved from New York City to the Castro District of San Francisco amid a migration of gay and bisexual men. He took advantage of the growing political and economic power of the neighborhood to promote his interests and unsuccessfully ran three times for political office. Milk's theatrical campaigns earned him increasing popularity, and in 1977 he won a seat as a city supervisor. His election was made possible by a key component of a shift in San Francisco politics.
Milk served almost eleven months in office and was responsible for passing a stringent gay rights ordinance for San Francisco. On November 27, 1978, Milk and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by Dan White, who was another city supervisor. White had recently resigned to pursue a private business enterprise, but that endeavor eventually failed and he sought to get his old job back. White was sentenced to seven years in prison for manslaughter, which was later reduced to five years. He was released in 1983 and committed suicide by carbon monoxide inhalation two years later.
Despite his short career in politics, Milk became an icon in San Francisco and a martyr in the gay community. In 2002, Milk was called "the most famous and most significantly open LGBT official ever elected in the United States". Anne Kronenberg, his final campaign manager, wrote of him: "What set Harvey apart from you or me was that he was a visionary. He imagined a righteous world inside his head and then he set about to create it for real, for all of us." Milk was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.
On the occasion of the international day against homophobia, The EU Parliament flew a rainbow flag. PiS euromembers objected to it, claiming there are practically no attacks on LGBT people and the whole business doesn`t concern homophobia but is meant to change the law of marriage.
The high school teacher who won this year`s Teacher of the Year Award contest made a coming out during the ceremony and even invited his partner to stand next to him on the stage. Of course, he had disclosed it much earlier but only his students and fellow teachers knew it.
Mariusz Błaszczak, Poland’s defense minister has criticized both the city authorities for promoting the equality parade that took place in the city on 11 August and demonstrators. The minister made his remarks on August 12 on a TV program broadcast by the conservative Catholic station “TV Trwam.”
“Another parade of sodomites, of people trying to force on us their interpretation of the rights and duties of citizens,” commented Mr Błaszczak on the Poznań equality parade.
Polish schools cancel LGBT tolerance day under govt pressure October 26, 2018
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Several schools in Poland have canceled activities promoting tolerance for gays and lesbians following government pressure and threats in some places.
More than 200 schools had planned to take part in “Rainbow Friday,” an anti-discrimination event that a civic rights group, the Campaign Against Homophobia, had promoted in hopes of building greater acceptance for LGBT students.
Private broadcaster TVN reported that some schools pulled out of the event following an outcry.
The education minister of Poland’s conservative government, Anna Zalewska, had warned ahead of time that any principals who allowed such events to take place could face negative consequences. She also asked parents to report any such activities to authorities.
It was not immediately clear how many schools canceled their plans to participate.
The special lessons are being organised by the Campaign Against Homophobia association. As many as 211 schools across Poland are said to be taking part in the initiative.
According to the organisers, Rainbow Friday is a day when “when rainbow posters appear on school corridors, and the main topic of the lessons is acceptance and openness to LGBTQI students.”
The Campaign Against Homophobia add that the annual event is “a great opportunity to show school youths, and in particular LGBTQI youths, that the school is a place where everyone should be surrounded by respect and care.”
Not everyone is impressed by the move however. According to Notes From Poland, Poland’s education minister has warned principals that if they allow their school to participate in Rainbow Friday, they will be breaking the education law and face consequences.
In Krakow’s Małopolska region, the education superintendent has also instructed schools not to participate in Rainbow Friday or Halloween because it would “indoctrinate children” and undermine respect for “Polish cultural heritage built on the Christian system of values”.
Gazeta Wrocławska report that members of the Polish Church have also been critical of Rainbow Friday.
The names of the 4 schools involved in the programme have not been revealed by the organisers, presumably due to fears that protesters could try to halt the workshops.
However the extreme right-wing group All Polish Youth have reportedly put in a freedom of information request to find out which schools participated. They claim that the workshops may cause the “demoralization of school pupils” and expressed concerns at rumours that children “will learn how to use sex toys” during the lessons.
PiS rightist government has just started a campaign against LGBT in Poland. They vowed to protect Polish children and families from corruption. It is going to be the main motif of a campaign before the coming Euro Parliament elections.
PiS local education authority ordered one school to withdraw from its library a book about transgender snail Sam and other animals which don`t conform with traditional views on family. The book was written to teach tolerance.
Hatred against LGBT, unleashed by the ruling rightists, is sweeping across Poland. There are more and more cases of physical attacks and abuse of LGBT people in streets and public places. Also some state representatives have joined in.
The Polish police detained 48 people last night in Warsaw, after they had been protesting in solidarity with the jailed LGBT activist Margot.
Under the hot Saturday midday sun, flanked by a few friends, Ewa Tomaszewicz is pacing around on a patch of grass outside the police station on Jagiellonska street in Warsaw’s Prague district, taking phone calls and trying to figure out what is happening with her partner, Gosia R, who has been detained inside the building since Friday night.
The last time Ewa heard directly from Gosia was around 10pm that night as she was being driven to the police station in the police van after which she had her phone confiscated. “She was brave, as always, even if, of course, scared,” Ewa tells BIRN. Since then, the only contact she has had is via Gosia’s lawyer, who has been allowed inside the station.
Gosia is one of over 48 people detained by the Warsaw police on Friday night while taking part in a solidarity action with LGBT activist Margot S., who was put on temporary arrest for two months on charges of vandalising a van belonging to a pro-right to life foundation with homophobic slogans and attacking its driver in June.
Late Friday afternoon, people gathered outside the headquarters of the NGO ‘Campaign against Homophobia’ in central Warsaw to accompany Margot during her imminent arrest. Margot is being pursued on two separate charges, one related to allegedly vandalising the van in June and another for insulting religious feelings and monuments by hanging rainbow flags on various Warsaw statues in July. The two-month temporary arrest sentence, which is final, is for the first charge; she is facing a maximum five years in prison if eventually convicted.
While Margot did come out of the Campaign against Homophobia HQ with her hands out and repeatedly offered to be handcuffed, the police initially avoided detaining her. Seeing this, together with her supporters, Margot started marching to Krakowskie Przedmiescie, the main Warsaw street where one of the most controversial rainbow flags had been hung on a statue of Jesus Christ.
It was here, on the crowded street, that the police did eventually arrest Margot, just after 7pm on Friday evening. Margot’s allies attempted to block the police car in an act of civil disobedience against the severity of her prison sentence. This apparently was taken by police as a reason to start arresting people.
“During the arrest, mobs formed on Krakowskie Przedmiescie, and some of the participants ended up attacking private property, represented by the police van (among others, they jumped on the roof and the front of the van), as well as attacking and insulting police officers,” the Warsaw police said in a statement on Saturday.
But accounts by participants involved in the solidarity action posted on social media, backed by video, allege police randomly picked up people from the crowds marching peacefully down the street, while the force that was used by the police to restrain some of the protestors appears to have caused injuries.
Ewa Tomaszewicz claims Gosia was arrested while simply standing around talking to people. The two women host an amateur radio show and Gosia was hoping to record some vox pops, having arrived at Krakowskie Przedmiescie around 9pm after Margot had already been detained and the situation seemed to have calmed down.
“We had just got back from our holidays around 8:30pm and I had just returned from walking the dog when Gosia said she was going out to check what was happening,” Ewa recounts, adding that her partner called to say the situation was calm when she arrived at the centre. “Around 9:20pm, a girl called me and told me Gosia had been arrested and was in the police van.”
“She wasn’t doing anything, she was just standing and interviewing someone when suddenly the police grabbed her by the arm and took her to the van,” Ewa says.
“It even looks like they arrested her because she looked like someone who could not defend herself or try to escape,” Ewa adds, suggesting that the Friday night arrests were aimed at scaring off people who stand up for LGBT rights.
According to the police statement, charges will be pressed against the 48 arrested individuals for “taking part in a mob, with the knowledge that its participants will join forces to violently attack a person or property”. This charge carries a sentence of up to three years. Five of the arrested people will face additional charges, the police said.
The arrests on Friday night happened in at least two locations in central Warsaw, with the police taking the detainees to several police stations. The events on Friday night proved a marathon for friends and allies of the arrested to ensure that their rights were respected and they had legal representation, they told BIRN. Several parliamentarians, including a group of women members of parliament from the left-wing alliance (which had earlier this week dressed up in rainbow colours for President Andrzej Duda’s inauguration), showed up at each police station, demanding to know the identities of the arrested and ensuring each had a lawyer. In one situation, two parliamentarians physically blocked a police van from leaving the station, until they received information about the destination to which the prisoner was being taken.
“The detained were denied the constitutional right to legal representation, which every citizen has from the moment of arrest, at each stage of the proceedings,” claimed parliamentarian Anna Maria Zukowska, from the left-wing alliance Lewica, who spent most of Friday night at the police station on Wilcza street in central Warsaw. Her statement referred to the ten prisoners at the Wilcza station. The police responded by saying that everyone who asked for a lawyer got one.
However, Zukowska claimed that at the Wilcza station she was monitoring, the arrested were interrogated without legal representatives present, despite the lawyers waiting outside the police station and demanding to be allowed inside.
The parliamentarian said that on Saturday she and her colleagues were still struggling to figure out where each of the arrested individuals was detained in order to make sure each had legal representation; a couple of people were still unaccounted for and, hence, lacking legal support on Saturday midday, Zukowska said.
According to statements from the lawyers defending the detainees, most are likely to face expedited proceedings, potentially ending up in court on Monday.
Zukowska, the parliamentarian, sees the mass arrests as politically motivated. The governing conservative Law and Justice (PiS) has spent the last two years denouncing the LGBT rights movement as a threat to Polish society and actively scapegoating it to score political points.
“It is surprising to see that the police didn’t react when the person who was supposed to be arrested, Margot, did not oppose the arrest at all, but simply went to the police and offered to be detained. The police did not react then. Instead, they arrested Margot on Krakowskie Przedmiescie, so that it was more spectacular,” Zukowska told BIRN.
The parliamentarian admits that while the police were required to execute the court order to detain Margot, the manner in which the arrest was conducted was abusive.
“They threw people to the ground, they roughed them up, and some people suffered injuries,” the parliamentarian, who witnessed Friday evening’s events, said. “They deprived people of their dignity – what else does it mean to put their boots on the head of a person? Let’s remember what happened in the US where the police killed an African-American person in this way, leading to massive protests.”
Ewa, who together with Gosia, has been active in the LGBT movement for decades, says she has rarely seen this level of aggression against LGBT people in post-socialist Poland. She cites the police violence against pride march participants in Poznan in 2005 and the Bialystok pride last year as among the equally most serious cases.
“But such a level of aggression from the executive power we have not seen in the history of free Poland,” she says. “Such situations we only saw in PRL (communist Poland).”
Catholics attack other Catholics when LGBT is the matter. Certain known priest, an academic teacher at the Catholic university in Lublin, vouched for the arrested LGBT activist. He did it out of Christian compassion.
Today fanatics who call themselves Catholics demand his dismissal, they even hired a car banner to propagate their demand.