Last year, former Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek resigned as the head of the conservative Civic Democratic Party (ODS) after telling a gay magazine that a gay person is someone who “gives in when he faces a serious problem.”
More recently, deputy chancellor Petr Hajek harshly criticized the upcoming Prague Pride parade on August 13. “[The parade] is a political demonstration … of a world in which sexual or any other deviation is elevated to a virtue, abnormality to a norm, the destruction of society to holy progress.” Hajek said. “The homosexuals’ pressure action that will take place under the ‘pretty Czech name’ gay parade in Prague is not any innocent entertainment.” Hajek called on Prague mayor Bohuslav Svoboda, who supports the LGBT event, to leave the ODS.
Politicians in the Social Democrat and Public Affairs Parties condemned Hajek, but current prime minister Vaclav Klaus (right) refused to distance himself from the chancellor’s words. “Though the statements were not mine and I would probably choose slightly different words,” Klaus said. “I do not feel any pride in the event either.”
A hundred koruna sat Klaus and Hajek hang out on weekends beating it to bootleg Brandon Manilow DVDs.