Two Transgender Women Win Seats in German Parliament

German politicians Tessa Ganserer and Nyke Slawik made history after becoming the first two transgender women to win seats in the parliament following the federal elections held on Sept. 26.

Ganserer of Nuermberg in southeastern Bavaria said on Twitter that she was “overwhelmed” but was “looking forward to my new job in Berlin,” adding that “queer representation matters.”

“Madness! I still can’t quite believe it, but with this historic election result, I will definitely be a member of the next Bundestag,” Slawik of North Rhine-Westphalia said on social media.

“I hope that today we can open a new chapter of self-determination in politics,” Slawik also said.

Both politicians plan to address LGBTQ+ rights, with a focus on issues such as improving anti-discrimination laws and allowing a woman married to another woman to adopt children.

Last year, Germany saw a 36% increase of hate crimes against the LGBTQ+ community.

According to the Greens party, the election results were their “historically best result of the Bundestag election in our history,” winning 14.8% of the votes, which made them the third  of the nine parties in this parliamentary election.

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