Germany elects two transgender women to parliament
Two German politicians made history by being elected to the country’s parliament on Sunday. Tessa Ganserer and Nyke Slawik, both from the Green Party, are the first transgender women to win a parliamentary seat in Germany.
“This is a historic victory for the Greens, but also for the trans-emancipatory movement and for the entire queer community”, Ganserer told Reuters. Ganserer, who has been a member of the Bavarian state parliament since October 2013, said the results were a symbol of an open and tolerant society.
Ganserer concentrated on the fight for equal rights for women, the LGTBQ community and the community of people with disabilities. A mother of two, she hopes to make legislative changes to allow lesbian mothers to adopt children, according to Reuters.
Green Party candidate Slawik called the election results “madness”. “I still can’t believe it, but with this historic electoral result, I will definitely be a member of the next Bundestag. [parliament], Slawik wrote on Instagram, sharing a photo of her with a bouquet of flowers.
Slawik focused on climate issues as well as equal rights and fair wages. She hopes that by 2030, German transport will run 100% with renewable resources.
So far, the Green Party, or GRÜNE NRW, has won 14.8% of the vote, ranking third of the nine parties in this parliamentary election. This is “the best result of the Bundestag elections in the history of the party”, the party leaders said in a press release. Release.
The historic victories come after a year when hate crimes against LGBTQ people in Germany have jumped 36% according to police, Reuters reports. In 1969, homosexuality was decriminalized in Germany and same-sex marriage was legalized in 2017, two years after the United States