Who is Anna Grodzka?
Member of Parliament for Kraków, and Poland’s first transgender politician
So she’s not actually ‘Anna’?
Yes, she is. She was born Krzysztof Bęgowski, but had a gender reassignment operation in 2010. Legally, she’s a woman.
How did the public react to that?
It depends. Some take any opportunity possible to promote her as the face of liberalism in Poland. Traditionals, on the other hand, are positively scandalised by it all. Many, many people are more interested in the job she does, rather than whether she uses the ‘his’ or ‘her’ towel.
Why is she in the news?
Apart from being Poland’s – and Europe’s – first transgender Member of Parliament? And currently the only transgender MP in the world?
Yes, apart from that.
Her party, Ruch Palikot, wants her to become a Deputy Marshal of the Sejm, replacing Wanda Nowicka. She is their official candidate for the post.
What does the post entail?
A lot of political clout. The Deputy Marshals of the Sejm are directly below the Prime Minister in the Polish political pecking order.
Anna Grodzka was born on March 16, 1954, in Otwock.
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