ROBERT Biedron has been elected as Poland’s first-ever openly-gay mayor of a city.

It’s not the first time Biedron has achieved a first for Poland, having been the country’s first openly-gay member of the Sejm, Poland’s Parliament.

His election as mayor of Slupsk, a city near the Baltic Sea in the north of the country, has been hailed as a win for gay rights because of Poland’s conservative culture and influential Catholic church.

In addition, until 2004 LGBTI pride marches were banned throughout the country.

“I see how fast the Polish society has learned its lesson of tolerance,” Biedron told Associated Press (AP).

“So I am optimistic and happy with the Polish society – and proud.”

Many of the voters in this city were reportedly “surprised” when Biedron walked on the streets to talk to them, political candidates were usually only seen via media platforms in Poland.

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