San Francisco Politician Looking to Rename Lech Walesa Street After Anti-Gay Remarks

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Former Poland President Lech Walesa’s recent anti-gay comments have resonated with one San Francisco politician, who thinks the Polish leader’s name should be wiped out of the city’s streets.

Supervisor Jane Kim said she’ll introduce legislation to change the name of Lech Walesa Street to honor a gay icon; perhaps gay activist Tom Waddell, according to the Bay City News Service.

Waddell was a physician and amateur athlete who founded the Gay Olympics (renamed Gay Games). A health center under his name is already located on the street.

“I want to reach out and make sure the appropriate person, or if people want to see it just go back to the original name,” she said.

Walesa told a television reporter earlier this month that gays have no political leverage and should perhaps sit in the back of Parliament or even “behind a wall.” He added that because gays have little significance as a minority, they should “adjust to smaller things.”

The Nobel Peace Prize winner then said he had nothing to apologize for.

“I will not apologize to anyone,” Walesa said in an interview on March 4 as quoted by CNN. “All I said (was) that minorities, which I respect, should not have the right to impose their views on the majority. I think most of Poland is behind me.”


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