May Win Seats in Parliament
Word out of Poland today from Greg Czarnecki, board member of Kampania Przeciw Homofobii/Campaign Against Homophobia, is that the heavily Catholic nation is on the verge of seeing its first gay and transgender members of Parliament.
I'm a bit fuzzy on out gay or transgender elected officials in Europe, beyond the mayors of Paris and Berlin, but I believe these two Poles could be the first of their kind to win elective seats in Eastern Europe. Many congratulations to the LGBT community of Poland on what appears to be a nice big step forward.
Click here to visit the Trans-Fuzja site and learn more about trans Polish issues, and Anna Grodzka. Very interesting to read that among the new political party's agenda is legalizing marijuana! Here's the full message from Greg Czarnecki:
Preliminary Parliamentary elections results in Poland show that the new left party, Palikot Movement, has gained about 10% making it the third strongest party. This means that trans activist Anna Grodzka, president of Trans-fuzja (elected in Krakow) and LGBT activist Robert Biedron, board member of KPH (elected in Gdynia) will become MPs. This is a historical event which would make them the first openly LGBT people in the Polish Parliament. In an interview, Palikot promised to present a bill for registered partnerships before the end of the year, though he doesn’t know how it will be received by the rest of Parliament.
Palikot’s Movement is a recently formed party (2010), lead by entrepreneur Janusz Palikot. He was an MP with the ruling Civil Platform (PO) leading the so-called “Friendly Government” Commission. He left the party after disagreements with the Prime Minister. His party is very left on social issues, gathering many activists from movements for LGBT rights, legalizing marihuana, abortion and women’s rights, and is very anti-clerical. Economically he is more liberal than left. He is criticized for having been the owner of a homophobic and Catholic magazine “Ozon” in 2005-6 which he now admits was a mistake.
The PO party gained about 40% and it is the first time in post-communist Polish history that a party was re-elected with such popularity. This will mean that they will most likely be reluctant to make many reforms. The left-wing party, SLD, which presented the bill for registered partnerships earlier this year, suffered a huge defeat with only 7%.
Official results will be available on Tuesday.