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.
Photo credit: Ania Grodzka