Poland Elects First Openly Gay Official (and he’s Green)
Interesting story from Gay City News (Thanks Dave):
In an historic first for the country considered the most Catholic in Europe, Krystian Legierski became Poland’s first openly gay elected official when he was elected to Warsaw’s City Council in country-wide municipal elections on November 21.
Not only is Legierski, a 32-year old lawyer, entrepreneur, gay activist, and Green Party leader, a well-known figure in the Warsaw gay community, he is also black.
Legierski was elected under proportional representation as a Green candidate on a coalition ticket led by Poland’s Social Democratic Party from a Warsaw district he describes as “rather upscale and conservative.” In the new 60-member City Council, the conservative Civic Platform party of Prime Minister Donald Tusk will have 33 seats, the intensely homophobic and ultra-nationalist Law and Justice Party — founded by the Kaczynski brothers — will have 17 seats, and the left opposition, of which Legierski is a part, will have ten seats.
Fascinating article, highly worth reading it all here.