Nobel Peace Prize recipient: LGBT politicians belong ‘behind a wall’

Lech Walesa

Lech Walesa (Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)


A Nobel Peace Prize recipient has drawn fierce criticism for saying gay people should stop trying to impose their will on the rest of society and that they should be kept out of politics. Lech Walesa, a former president hailed as a hero of Poland’s Left, has stunned many and called the honor of the Nobel prize into question after saying that he believes LGBT politicians should not be allowed to be on the front benches in parliament. Instead, he said they should be consigned to the doldrums or, better yet, be “behind a wall.”


The 69-year-old Walesa, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983, reportedly told private Polish broadcaster TVN, “They have to know that they are a minority and must adjust to smaller things. And not rise to the greatest heights … spoiling things for the others and taking from the majority.” Despite criticism, Walesa has refused to apologize.


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