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Poland Elects Transgender, Gay MPs

Poland Elects Transgender, Gay MPs

 

Preliminary results in Poland‘s Parliamentary elections mean that it will elect the world’s third transgender Member of Parliament as well as Poland’s first gay MP.

The two are on the party lists of a new left-wing party, Palikot Movement, which has gained about 10% of the vote, making it the third strongest party.

Transgender activist Ania Grodzka, president of Trans-fuzja, was elected in Kraków and gay activist Robert Biedron, board member of Kampania Przeciw Homofobii (Campaign Against Homophobia, KPH) was elected in Gdynia.

Greg Czarnecki, a Board Member of KPH, described their election as “a historical event.”

As the party celebrated its unexpectedly strong showing Sunday night, Grodzka said:

“Today, Poland is changing. I am the proof.”

Palikot has said it will introduce a civil partnerships bill before the end of the year, however the new government will be led by the right, so it is not expected that the bill will pass the parliament.

Official results will be available on Tuesday October 11th.

Georgina Beyer was elected the world’s first transgender MP in New Zealand in 1999.

In 2006, Vladimir Luxuria, an Italian actress, writer, politician and television personality, was elected as a Communist Refoundation Party member of the Italian parliament.

 

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Photo credit: Ania Grodzka

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1:19PM PDT on Oct 23, 2011

Great for open minded Polish ......!!!
and good luck as well.

10:09AM PDT on Oct 15, 2011

Cool!!

7:25PM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

You can't blame the Polish for loving their sausage....

10:20AM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

priest rather

10:16AM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

priest rather

10:16AM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

Surprising since Poland is so influenced by religion. A good step, yet I'm waiting for the pope to make some kind of stupid remark. They took Nergal (from Behemoth) off the air because of his music. BEHEMOTH! /m/

7:11AM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

This is a wonderful step forward for Poland as they work to establish true and inclusive democracy in their country.

6:19AM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

Fantastic news...

9:22PM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

What amazingly good news! It is such a step up for Poland. I hope it resonates positively all over Eastern Europe. Dziękuję Polska! Thank you Poland!

The world is changing and the conservatives who rail and rant are loosing ground every day.

7:25PM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

This is a great sign that not all of Poland is as Narrow minded as their Law & Justice Party who sit on the extreme right of the European Parliament with the UK Conservative, Unionists, and Nazi party

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