The first transsexual member of the Polish parliament will be sworn in today. Anna Grodzka represents the Palikot movement, a new, anti-clerical political force that scored a major surprise in this strongly Catholic nation by winning 10 percent of the vote in the October parliamentary elections and becoming the third-strongest force in the new parliament. Grodzka, 57, born as Krzysztof, underwent a sex-change procedure in 2010 and claims to be the world’s first transgender parliamentarian. Grodzka’s political rise is even more surprising given that she topped the party’s list in Krakow, a city renowned for its Catholic piety and for being the home of Pope John Paul II.
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