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Poland Poised to Elect Its First Transsexual Parliamentarian
In a country that isn’t known for its progressive politics,  male-to-female transsexual Anna Grodzka is proving to be a political  trailblazer.
The 57-year old, who completed her sex  change last year, could become the country’s first transsexual  parliamentarian after her party, the Palikot Movement, earned a  surprising 10% of all votes during Poland’s Oct. 9 election. Poland  operates under a party-list proportional representation system in which  parties are allocated parliamentary seats based on the proportion of the  votes the party receives. Because the Palikot Movement has earned an  estimated 40 seats,  and because Grodzka is at the top of the party’s candidate list in  Krakow, she will likely earn a spot in the Sejm, the lower house of the  Polish parliament.
"I’m not yet sure if I’ve been elected, but I’m very happy with the  result scored by the Palikot Movement," she said Sunday evening at a celebratory election party held in Warsaw. “If I’ll be elected in Krakow, I’ll be Poland’s first  transsexual, and the only transsexual MP not only in Poland, but the  entire world.” Transsexual Georgina Beyer became the world’s first only  transsexual member of parliament in 1999 when she won election in New  Zealand, but her term expired in 2007.
Grodzka and her supports are waiting for all the votes to be counted  before declaring victory, which could be done as early as Tuesday  morning. “We’re 85% sure of her win, but we don’t want to jinx  ourselves,” a colleague at Trans-Fuzja, the transgender rights group Grodzka founded, told TIME on Monday morning.
It’s difficult to quantify attitudes towards Poland’s transgender  community, but activists say they face a hostile environment in a  country where 96% of residents identify as Catholic. Attitudes toward  the gay community, which is more easily accepted than the transgender  community, underscore the difficulty a transsexual candidate like  Grodzka would have faced during the election. The 2007 PEW Global  Attitudes Survey found that just 45% of Poles believe that homosexuality  should be accepted by society. That lags far behind other Catholic  countries like the Philippines, where 64% of people responded  affirmatively, and Spain, where 82% of respondents did. Other European  countries including France, Germany and Sweden all posted figures higher  than 80%.
Grodzka, a trained clinical psychologist, believes her potential  election signals a new day for marginalized groups across the country.  “Today, Poland is changing. I am the proof along with Robert Biedron, a  homosexual and the head of an anti-homophobia campaign who ran for  office in Gdynia,” a city on Poland’s northern coast. But Grodzka’s  campaign was about far more than gay rights. During the election she  campaigned on a platform of raising the minimum wage, improving the  availability of nurseries and kingergartens, and encouraging a greater  division of church and state by stopping the flow of public funds to  religious organizations.

Poland Poised to Elect Its First Transsexual Parliamentarian

In a country that isn’t known for its progressive politics, male-to-female transsexual Anna Grodzka is proving to be a political trailblazer.

The 57-year old, who completed her sex change last year, could become the country’s first transsexual parliamentarian after her party, the Palikot Movement, earned a surprising 10% of all votes during Poland’s Oct. 9 election. Poland operates under a party-list proportional representation system in which parties are allocated parliamentary seats based on the proportion of the votes the party receives. Because the Palikot Movement has earned an estimated 40 seats, and because Grodzka is at the top of the party’s candidate list in Krakow, she will likely earn a spot in the Sejm, the lower house of the Polish parliament.

"I’m not yet sure if I’ve been elected, but I’m very happy with the result scored by the Palikot Movement," she said Sunday evening at a celebratory election party held in Warsaw. “If I’ll be elected in Krakow, I’ll be Poland’s first transsexual, and the only transsexual MP not only in Poland, but the entire world.” Transsexual Georgina Beyer became the world’s first only transsexual member of parliament in 1999 when she won election in New Zealand, but her term expired in 2007.

Grodzka and her supports are waiting for all the votes to be counted before declaring victory, which could be done as early as Tuesday morning. “We’re 85% sure of her win, but we don’t want to jinx ourselves,” a colleague at Trans-Fuzja, the transgender rights group Grodzka founded, told TIME on Monday morning.

It’s difficult to quantify attitudes towards Poland’s transgender community, but activists say they face a hostile environment in a country where 96% of residents identify as Catholic. Attitudes toward the gay community, which is more easily accepted than the transgender community, underscore the difficulty a transsexual candidate like Grodzka would have faced during the election. The 2007 PEW Global Attitudes Survey found that just 45% of Poles believe that homosexuality should be accepted by society. That lags far behind other Catholic countries like the Philippines, where 64% of people responded affirmatively, and Spain, where 82% of respondents did. Other European countries including France, Germany and Sweden all posted figures higher than 80%.

Grodzka, a trained clinical psychologist, believes her potential election signals a new day for marginalized groups across the country. “Today, Poland is changing. I am the proof along with Robert Biedron, a homosexual and the head of an anti-homophobia campaign who ran for office in Gdynia,” a city on Poland’s northern coast. But Grodzka’s campaign was about far more than gay rights. During the election she campaigned on a platform of raising the minimum wage, improving the availability of nurseries and kingergartens, and encouraging a greater division of church and state by stopping the flow of public funds to religious organizations.

TIME

“Brittany  Novotny, a Democrat and Oklahoma’s first known transgender  candidate, is running for a seat in the State House against Sally Kern,  the Republican incumbent who gained national attention in 2008 for  saying that “the homosexual agenda is just destroying this nation” and  that homosexuality was a bigger threat than terrorism.”
A Gay Campaign? Both Sides Demur @ the NY Times

Brittany Novotny, a Democrat and Oklahoma’s first known transgender candidate, is running for a seat in the State House against Sally Kern, the Republican incumbent who gained national attention in 2008 for saying that “the homosexual agenda is just destroying this nation” and that homosexuality was a bigger threat than terrorism.”

A Gay Campaign? Both Sides Demur @ the NY Times

The New York Times

Pedro Segarra Poised To Become Hartford Mayor ⇢

Most notable about this article is what is not called out as a big deal; Mr. Segarra is openly gay.  He will be the first openly gay Hartford mayor.  

Florida sees “explosion” of LGBT candidates ⇢

Finally some good news out of the Florida. (via GayPolitics.com)

Openly LGBT candidates are running for office at all levels of government in Florida this year, a sign that gay politics may be changing in a state that has lagged some of its neighbors in terms of political milestones for the LGBT community.  (Alabama and Georgia both have elected openly gay state legislators, but Florida still has not.)

“By Florida standards, there’s been an explosion of gay candidates and activity and openly gay elected officials,” said Eric Johnson, a Fort Lauderdale political consultant who is also a member of the Victory Fund’s Campaign Board, a national group of some 100 community leaders who help identify, endorse and raise money for openly LGBT candidates for public office.

“The likelihood of adding gay elected officials in 2010 is quite high. It seems to me that we’ve turned a little corner in Florida as it relates to openly gay candidates seeking office and being seen as legitimate candidates,” Johnson told the Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Source: gaypolitics.com

MN Gubernatorial candidates support gay marriage — with one exception ⇢

Pro-equality candidates are the a vital step towards getting marriage equality in every state.  Go Minnesota!

Same-sex marriage advocates think 2010 is their best chance yet to realize equality for gay and lesbian people. But a key factor will be who ends up occupying the governor’s mansion after Tim Pawlenty moves out — and whether he or she supports Minnesota joining the five other states and Washington, DC., that allow same-sex couples to wed. With the exception of Republican candidate Tom Emmer, all major candidates for governor are strongly in favor of same-sex marriage.

“For people who believe that we need to make Minnesota a place where people are not discriminated against because of who they are or who they love, this election is critical,” said Monica Meyer, public policy director of OutFront Minnesota. “We are on the verge of being able to right some wrongs in state laws. In this election, voters have an opportunity to vote for candidates who champion justice and equality for all Minnesotans.”

Of the candidates for governor, all but the Republican seem enthusiastic about making LGBT equality a reality.

Read The Rest of the Story (via the Minnesota Independent)

Source: minnesotaindependent.com

Now all of a sudden [with gay marriage] I’ve got someone who wasn’t a spouse before, that I had no responsibility for, who is now getting claimed as a spouse that I now have financial responsibility for,” Steele told Republicans at the state convention in traditionally conservative Georgia. “So how do I pay for that? Who pays for that? You just cost me money.

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Are you kidding me! Michael Steele is trying to retool his anti-marriage message to argue that marriage equality is going to hurt small business and ends up making the argument that no business should cover the spouse of an employee.  What nonsense!!  Go for it Michael… give this as a talking point to all the GOP candidates and staffers out there and lets see what happens.

RNC Chief: Gay marriage hurts small business

Source: 365gay.com

(on Flickr via sushiesque)

(on Flickr via sushiesque)

Cambridge, Mass. Elects 3rd Gay Mayor In A Row ⇢

YAY!  I used to live here and I hope to again.  It is one of the best places to be gay in America.

I love the reaction from Jeremy at Good As You : “A clear testament to Chapter 465 of our Gay Agenda: Dump a Crap Load of Politically-Minded Queer Dust into the Charles River. Good work, Middlesex County subversives!”

Source: gaypolitics.com

LGBT and Pro-LGBT Candidates Do Well in California Elections ⇢

yay for more pro-equality candidates!!

Hawkeyes pierce anti-equality movement's movement ⇢

good to see positive movement coming out the the primaries in moving to elect pro-equality candidates, especially in Iowa where we need to continue to fend off the anti-equality people.

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