Brendan Fay and Tom Moulton at yesterday’s solidarity for
Belarus concert in Warsaw.
photo courtesy KPH, Warsaw.
WARSAW, March 31, 2008 – Gay
Americans Brendan Fay and Tom Moulton found a media frenzy when they arrived
at Warsaw airport yesterday for a three-day visit.
The couple, who were married in
Canada, hit the international headlines when their wedding image was used in
Polish President Lech Kaczynski’s televised prime-time address to scare the
Polish people against supporting the Lisbon Treaty, arrived to Warsaw for a
The trip is sponsored by TVN
Their first day in Poland was an
opportunity to meet with Polish gay rights leaders Tomasz Szypula and Greg
Czarnecki from the Campaign Against Homophobia (Kampania
Przeciw Homofobii –
KPH) as well as other members of the LGBT community.
Fay and Moulton were eager to get
to know about the situation and issues of LGBT people in the East European
The Polish activists showed the
couple from New York some major sites in the city such as the former Jewish
Ghetto and the Old Town and attended a Catholic Mass in the afternoon.
They were also able to see a rock
concert in solidarity of Belarus.
Later they had dinner together with
one of Poland’s most prominent gay couples Tomasz Raczek, film critic, and
Marcin Szczygielski, writer.
“For us this is a journey of
friendship and solidarity. It’s a most unexpected opportunity to share our
story and hear the stories of the courageous lesbian and gay community in
Poland”, say Fay and Moulton.
In a statement, KPH said: “We are
very honoured to have Fay and Moulton here in order to start a public dialog
on domestic partnerships.
“We are happy that in fact the
couple has received a lot of expressions of support from Poles both within
the country and abroad.”
Report (in Polish), with video, of the
arrival of Fay and Moulton in Warsaw. (TVN-24, March 30,
Group Slams President Over Unauthorised Use of Same-Sex Wedding Images on TV.
The Campaign Against Homophobia
Przeciw Homofobii –
KPH) has expressed disappointment following the televised ‘prime time’
address by Polish President Lech Kaczynski at the beginning of the week on
TVP. (UK Gay News, March 22, 2008)
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Posted: 31 March 2008 at
08:00 (UK time)