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Poland Selects First Transgender Member of Parliament

Jim Burroway

October 11th, 2011

Transgender Europe has sent out a press release congratulating Anna Grodzka for becoming the first transgender member of Poland’s National Assembly. The press release identifies Grodzka as a member of the Palikot Movement, “a new political party which has come forward with progressive ideas especially on LGBTQI matters during elections.”

Poland’s lower house, the Sejm, has 460 members who are elected to four year terms through a system of proportional representation. In other words, if a party receives more than 5% of the vote, the party names the members of the Sejm according to the number of seats awarded to it. This is not an unusual system for many parliamentary democracies, and is designed to enhance the representation of political minorities.

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Timothy (TRiG)
October 13th, 2011 | LINK

Poland, like much of Eastern Europe, has a problem with homophobia, so this is an encouraging step.

TRiG.

Mark F.
October 13th, 2011 | LINK

“LGBTQI”

Forgot the A, don’t want to offend the asexuals.

Donnchadh
October 13th, 2011 | LINK

“LGBTQI” is a far too unwieldy initialism, and it doesn’t even include asexuals or people like myself, who don’t have a gender identity (at least not while still having normal sexuality.
“Sexual minorities” is better, though too PC-speak. What we need is a term that gets across an umbrella group that does not fit traditional norms of love and sexuality.

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