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Transgender Woman, Out Gay Man Take Seats in Polish Parliament


In what the AP is describing as a reflection of "profound social change," in Poland, an opennly gay man and a transgender woman have taken seats in that nation's parliament:

Anna Grodzka, who was born a man but underwent a sex change operation, entered the assembly hall wearing a burgundy skirt and jacket. Several men and women shook her hand, while one male lawmaker kissed her on the cheek.

Grodzka then took a seat next to Robert Biedron, a leading gay rights activist who is the first openly gay person to be elected to parliament. Both belong to Palikot’s Movement, a new progressive party that became the third-largest party in parliament in Oct. 9 elections.

Palikot’s Movement has vowed to push for liberal causes. It opposes the power of the church in society, promotes gay rights, and wants to challenge the country’s near-total ban on abortion.

Poland: Transsexual and openly gay man take seats in new parliament in sign of historic change [ap]

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  1. Here's the Polish goverment trying to show how "Progressive" they are.

    Posted by: J | Nov 8, 2011 11:11:30 AM

  2. We need a third party in the USA. It would break the log jam in Congress. If only someone would start a Moderate American Party. Tom Brokaw could do it. Colin Powell could but I don't think he's interested. A Buffalo would make a nice symbolic challenge to the donkey and elephant.

    (Yes, I've been thinking about this a lot!)

    Posted by: Good for Poland | Nov 9, 2011 7:02:46 AM

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