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Virgin icon used in LGBT protest

Protest: The image left on bins PICTURE: AP

A CIVIL rights activist arrested for putting up images of the Virgin Mary featuring a rainbow halo said it was a protest against ‘the exclusion of LGBT people from society’.

Psychotherapist Elzbieta Podlesna said she put the images, based on the revered Our Lady of Czestochowa icon, on bins and portable toilets in Plock, Poland, last month in reaction to an Easter display that listed gender and LGBT among slogans about sins.

‘Sexual orientation is not a sin or a crime and the Holy Mother would protect such people from the church and from priests who think it is okay to condemn others,’ said Ms Podlesna, who says she has received death threats.

She was arrested in a police raid on her Warsaw home and faces up to two years in prison for offending religious feelings.