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Gay rights advocating former Polish Deputy PM among dead in plane crash

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  1. Shame on anyone saying good riddance to Kaczynski. He had some terrible views but we only hurt ourselves when we rejoice the deaths of others – it’s sickening. We don’t turn the world into a more tolerant place by killing off the intolerant ones.
    Kaczynski did not die alone, he died along with many good people like Izabela Jaruga-Nowacka so maybe people should think twice before they claim to be pleased at his death. Show some humanity – the man said some horrible things but he was a person, just like us all.

  2. Yep, so much for their ‘Karma’

  3. It’s a shame a lot of other good people died in the crash, not just Kaczynski. Bear a thought for them and their families.

  4. she was great person. she was our friend. it’s very sad that she was in this plane.

  5. God will care for he (if he/she/it exists and if not she will have a loving memorey in our hearts).

  6. Izabela was a greatly influential MP, a feminist and a big and active supporter of LGBT rights in Poland. For all her actions she recieved the highest LGBT award in Poland (2001) as well as a nomination by Poland for the Nobel Peace Price (2005). She leaves behind her husband and kids. She will be truely missed!!! This tragedy is a huge blow for Poland. May ALL of the victims RIP – my support goes to their families and the whole of Poland.

  7. Jean-Paul Bentham 10 Apr 2010, 5:46pm

    My sincere sympathy to Izabela Jaruga-Nowacka’s family, loved ones and friends.

  8. Elena Gordon 10 Apr 2010, 6:36pm

    132 of the cream of Polish life wiped out going to commemorate for the first time ever the wiping out of 20,000 of the cream of Polish life, among them Gay and Bisexual men. How cruel can the fates be? WHY didnt they take the advice of the Russians to land in Minsk. LGBT in Poland are as shattered as anyone-else. I never thought I would shed a tear for Kaczynski, I have opposed him for a long time but all thoughts must be for condolence for the WHOLE of Poland at both an appalling time but also a symbolically appalling time. Poland could think with justice “My God, my God why haste thou forsaken me?”

  9. I just want to confirm all what was sad about Izabela before. I had a great pleasure to meet her in person in 2005 (?!?), when the debate in polish parliament during pride week was organized. This was a significant meeting for me and very touching.
    This what just happened is so unbelievable :(((
    Let her Rest In Peace…

  10. paul canning 10 Apr 2010, 11:03pm

    Another great advocate for LGBT died in this crash, Joanna Szymanek-Deresz

  11. PinkPolitico 11 Apr 2010, 2:36am

    Izabela’s death is a huge tragedy, all the more so since voices like hers are especially important in a deeply homophobic country such as Poland. Although things seem to have improved for the LGBT population since the other evil twin was removed as PM back in 2007, the country is still dominated by right-wing catholic thinking. There have also been instances of homophobia among Poles living abroad so the problem extends beyond their borders. Poland and the other Eastern European states need to realise that EU membership means accepting basic social (i.e. non discrimination) as well as economic values.

  12. It annoys me how some people here bash Kaczynski. He is a dead man, and he deserves peace. I did not agree with his politics but it does not I must hate him. His wife was a great person, and pretty liberal. And it was Kaczynski who invited Jaruga-Nowacka (a great LGBT activist), what shows that he had some respect for his political rivals. Let them all RIP, what a loss.

  13. Comments can be left here. Sorry, it’s Polish language though:

  14. Pumpkin Pie 13 Apr 2010, 4:07am

    It’s a great tragedy indeed. Here was somebody who actually made the world a better place just by living in it.

  15. It isn’t right to say such a negative things about Kaczynski, but come on… Why makes his death that suddenly he was a hero? He wasn’t and we all know. Now they want to burry him in Wawel, that’s not right! He died in a planecrash, with many others and that’s veeeery sad! But if tomorrow they would have chosen a different president and he would be still alive, they would talk about all he did wrong. Now, just because he isn’t anymore, in a very tragical way, people talk about him as about a hero!

  16. Izabela Jaruga-Nowacka’s death IS one of the 132 tragedies of this plane crash, but let us not pretend that the death of a high-profile homophobe like Kaczynski is supposed to be cause for LGBT sorrow.

    Let us wear a black armband for Izabela though, a great loss to a great Country that struggles to free itself from the primitive prejudices of Catholicism.

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