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Robert Biedroń

Leader of Spring
Assumed office3 February 2019
Preceded byoffice established
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office1 July 2019
Mayor of Supsk
In office6 December 2014 - 21 November 2018
Preceded byMaciej Kobylinski
Succeeded byKrystyna Danilecka-Wojewodzka
Member of the Sejm
In office9 October 2011 - 6 December 2014
Personal details
Born( 1976-04-13 ) 13 April 1976 (age 44) Rymanow , Poland
Political partySpring (2019-present)
Other political affiliationsYour Movement (2011-2019) Democratic Left Alliance (1998-2005)
Domestic partnerKrzysztof Smiszek (2002-present)
Alma materUniversity of Warmia
Websitewww .robertbiedron .pl
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Three leave-leaning Polish opposition political parties announced on Tuesday they had approved openly gay politician Robert Biedron to be their Presidential candidate in upcoming May elections. Human Rights advocates have supported his entry into race. Biedron, 44, has been activist in Poland for years and has served as Polish member of Parliament as well as Mayor of northern city of Slupsk. He currently serves as member of European Parliament, European Union governing body, and as leader of Spring, one of Polands three leftist parties. Biedron thanked Alliance of leftist parties via Twitter on Tuesday for their support of his candidacy, saying it was great honor. Leave prove again that cooperation works well for us. And we will continue to do so for good of Polish women and men, he write. In May, Biedron will face current President, Andrzej Duda, of right-wing Law and Justice Party and liberal candidate, Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska. Ruling Law And Justice Party Has Recently Made Headlines For Targeting LGBTQ Rights In Central Europe, Largest Country, Making Biedrons ' Candidacy Even More Noteworthy. And last year, majority-Catholic nation also made headlines for Catholic Church doubling down on anti-gay rhetoric and appearance of LGBT-Free Zone stickers. In December, European Parliament condemned stickers and called on Polish authorities to take more action protect LGBTQ rights. Bierdon has clear views on secular state, on social affairs, on EU, on matters of freedom, including women's issues, said Wlodzimierz Czarzasty, leader of Democratic Left Alliance, according to Agence France-Presse. Biedron has also been vocal about threats of climate change. He has said he would close Polands coal by 2035. Despite rise of anti-gay sentiment in some corners of Poland, Biedron is popular figure in country due to his social and political positions, according to Roberto Kulpa, sociology professor at Plymouth University in United Kingdom, whose research has explored sexual politics across Europe and in Poland specifically. Biedron was able to capture social imagination of people in Slupsk, Kulpa say, by highlighting inequalities and speaking about social welfare. Kulpa also notes that Biedron hasnt personally been target of much homophobia in press or by his rivals. Instead, his critics are trying to portray him too far Left. Not addressing Biedron as gay person is smart choice for them, Kulpa said, referring to Law and Justice Party. As for LGBTQ-Free Zone stickers and other anti-gay rhetoric, Kulpa says ruling party and right-wing politicians were addressing that kind of invisible, unknown figure of homosexual. It is better political, strategic choice, because concrete figure of Biedron is quite likable, he say. Human Rights groups have welcomed Biedrons ' entry into Presidential election, noting his previous work as activist.

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Activism

Man is member of right-wing National Radical Camp, which regularly organizes activities which oppose same-sex partnerships and promote national identities. Liberal Mayor Of Supsk, Northern Poland, Met Up With Residents Of Town Of Ek This Weekend During Campaign Rally, Which Was Interrupted By Unexpected Guests From Radical Right, Who, To Everybody's Surprise, Were Later Invited By Politicians To Take Pictures Together. According to Dziewuchy Wegorzewo Group, when Mr Biedron noticed men wearing derogatory t-shirts against homosexualism, he reportedly say: Do you want offend me? Why? It will not happen. Come On, we'll take selfie. Amused visitors pose for photograph with mayor. After taking Mr Biedron added Poland unites us. Robert Biedron, who became first openly gay member of Polish Parliament in 2011, was elected as Supsks mayor in 2014.

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Political career

During build-up to EU elections, other main opposition parties had achieved tenuous pact, establishing Civic Platform in attempt to outperform ruling PIS. When they fail, coalition scattering its many parties into political winds of change. This yet again give former Mayor opportunity to attract disenfranchised liberal voters to his side during leadup to next elections in November. Robert Biedron, being who he is, could never hope to actually bulldoze illiberal and nearly-autocratic Law and Justice regime. However, he represents tectonic shift in political landscape of Poland and his platform success is already resonating with large parts of population. Two of best examples being resonant uproar against violent attacks on LGBT activists few days ago and governments slowly shifting stance on use of coal as response to green Zeitgeist engulfing Europe. While odds might be stack against him, if he plays his cards right in next few months, former Mayor of Supsk might wield far more influence in Poland than previously expect. Local governments are authorities closest to their citizens. As heads of such Mayors often bask in unrivaled Democratic legitimacy. While some are perfectly content with serving their constituents at local level for many years, others use their popularity to propel themselves onto national and international stage and send ripples across whole world.

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