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Poland: Gay MP says he and his friends were attacked after Equality Parade

WARSAW, Poland – Openly gay MP Robert Biedroń told police that a homophobic man attacked him and a group of friends who had just attending the city’s Equality Parade on Saturday.

Biedroń marched in the parade along with several thousand other participants. The Equality Parade called for equal rights, including civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. Parliament MPs had blocked a debate on civil unions earlier this year.

After the parade, Biedroń and his friends went to a café, where they were confronted by an angry man. He told Polsat News:

“An aggressive man insulted us, using homophobic statements. He began to choke one of my friends and punched him in the face. When he recognized me he spat in my face, raised his fists and kicked me in the stomach.”

Police arrested the suspect not long after he fled the café.

Poland remains split on gay rights. Former president Lech Walesa stirred up a hornet’s nest when he made anti-gay remarks and said Parliament’s LGBT members should sit “behind a wall” in Parliament, but his own son, who is an MP, denounced his homophobia.

The only other LGBT MP is Anna Grodska, who identifies as transgender.