POLAND IS BURNING
One of the most homophobic countries in Europe is in a tizzy over a documentary claiming their national icon had (gasp!) male lovers
People in Poland—one of the most prominent anti-LGBT countries in Europe—are smarting after a Swiss documentary claimed that their national icon, the Polish composer Frédéric Chopin , had male lovers, reports Bill Rostock with www.insider.com.
“Chopin’s Men,” aired by SRF on November 13, argued that experts and biographers of the 19th-century musician had ignored and mistranslated letters that show a “flood of declarations of love aimed at men.”
One of the letters, written by Chopin to his male friend, said: “You don’t like being kissed. Please, let me do it today. You have to pay me for the dirty dream I had about you last night.”
One of the letters, written by Chopin to his male friend Tytus Wojciechowski , said: “You don’t like being kissed. Please, let me do it today. You have to pay me for the dirty dream I had about you last night.”
Moritz Weber, the documentary’s producer, told CNN that there was no doubt that the letters referred to romance. “He’s talking about love so directly with men,” he said.
People in Poland have found the claim hard to… errr… swallow.
Gay people can’t get married or have a civil partnership, with Andrzej Duda, the country’s president, saying in June that homosexuality was an “ideology worse than communism.”
In recent years, at least one third of Poland’s towns and villages have symbolically declared themselves “LGBT-free zones.”
The Fryderyk Chopin Institute, a government-created agency in Warsaw, said that Chopin’s newly-released letters were not necessarily proof of homosexuality, as it was hard to translate the “musical and complicated” language he was using, according to The Times of London.