Poland: Transgender MP may serve as deputy speaker

Anna Grodzka

Polish MP Anna Grodzka. Photo: Artur Barbarowski/Super Express

BY MEREDITH BENNETT-SMITH
Huffington Post Gay Voices

The first openly transgender member of the Polish parliament may soon occupy one of the governing body’s top positions. Anna Grodzka, 58, was elected to parliament in the 2011 general election and belongs to the liberal-leaning Palikot’s Movement, the third-largest political party in Poland. After her victory, Grodzka told the Associated Press that she was elected by voters who “wanted a modern Poland, a Poland open to variety, a Poland where all people would feel good regardless of their differences.

Now, Polskie Radio reports that Grodzka may soon become one of Poland’s deputy parliament speakers in the 460-member lower house, or Sejm. Grodzka was recommended for the recently vacated post by her party leader, Janusz Palikot.

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