Anna Grodzka

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Anna Grodzka
Anna Grodzka.jpg
Member of the Sejm
In office
November 2011 – 12 November 2015
Constituency 13 – Kraków
Personal details
Born Krzysztof Bogdan Bęgowski[1]
(1954-03-16) 16 March 1954 (age 62)
Otwock, Poland
Nationality Polish
Political party The Greens[2]
Website www.annagrodzka.info

Anna Grodzka (born Krzysztof Bogdan Bęgowski 16 March 1954 in Otwock) is a Polish politician. Grodzka, a trans woman, was elected to the Sejm in the 2011 Polish parliamentary elections as a candidate for the left-liberal Palikot's Movement, and was the first openly transgender Member of Parliament in Poland.[3] In June 2014, Anna Grodzka joined Poland's Green Party.

She was the third openly transgender member of a national parliament worldwide, after Georgina Beyer (in office 1999-2005) and Vladimir Luxuria (2006-2008). She was believed to be the only remaining transgender member of parliament[4] until Nikki Sinclaire (in office 2009-2015) outed herself in November 2013.

Biography[edit]

She was born in 1954 in Otwock as Krzysztof Bogdan Bęgowski. Before openly transitioning, she was married and had a son. She transitioned in 2009 after divorcing in 2007.[5][6][7][8]

Grodzka was a member of the Polish United Workers' Party at Warsaw University and a political instructor in the Polish Union of Students. Later on she was an entrepreneur and worked in publishing, poligraphy, and filmmaking.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biuletyn Informacji Publicznej Instytutu Pamięci Narodowej" (in Polish). Institute of National Remembrance. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Anna Grodzka odchodzi z Twojego Ruchu" (in Polish) (retrieved 28 July 2014)
  3. ^ "Anna Grodzka Becomes Poland's First Openly Transgender Member Of Parliament". The Huffington Post. 11 October 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Grodzka, Anna (17 May 2013). "As the world's only transgender MP, I want to ensure our voices are heard". The Guardian; Comment is Free. 
  5. ^ Konarski, Leszek. "Krakowski test tolerancji". Przegląd (in Polish) (39/2011). Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "To nie moje ciało" (in Polish). kobiecyporadnik.pl. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  7. ^ Pacewicz, Piotr (12 April 2010). "Skazana na płeć" (in Polish). Gazeta.pl. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Poland swears in first transsexual and gay MPs". BBC. 8 November 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 

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