Robert Biedron, a gay and atheist politician, in Catholic, conservative Poland, has created his own progressive political party of young, urban members called the Spring party.
Biedron, 42, a former LGBT activist, wants to separate church and state, phase out coal, and improve rights for LGBT people and women, all two years ahead of the next presidential election, according to the Washington Post.
“There is no room for hate; we have reached the limit,” Biedron said at a rally in Warsaw, according to DW. "We need a spring that will renew this gloomy landscape."
The Washington Post reported that the polls show support for Biedron, but voters in the country with some of the most restrictive abortion laws, and an economy surrounding coal may not come out to vote for the progressive leader.