Two transgender women, Nyke Slawik and Tessa Ganserer, won a seat in the Bundestag in the federal elections on Sunday in Germany.
“Crazy! I still can’t believe it, but with this historic election result I will be a member of the next Bundestag,” said Slawik, 27, via his account on the social network Twitter. “Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who supported me and voted green,” he added.
“I have received congratulations from Poland, the UK and the USA. Our electoral success reached the whole world. “I hope that today we can open a new chapter of self-determination in politics and end the years of paternalism of queer people,” wrote.
Slawik ran in the constituency of Leverkusen-Cologne IV, in which the SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach won by a large margin. Slawik landed in third place with 11.3 percent of the direct votes, as the German news agency DPA announced.
Ganserer, 44, has been a member of the Bavarian State Parliament since 2013 and publicly declared himself transsexual in 2018. This puts him in second place behind the CSU conservative Sebastian Brehm in the elections in Nuremberg North.
“I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the trust of the voters. I’m still overwhelmed, but I’m looking forward to my new job in Berlin,” said Ganserer on Twitter in a message in which he Slawik. congratulated.
So far there had only been one transgender person in the Bundestag, who recognized himself as such after his term of office had expired. For this reason, Gabriel Nox Koenig from the transgender association Bundesverband Trans said before the vote that it was “a historic moment”.
The association has indicated that with the election of Slawik and Ganserer as well as the candidacies of two other politicians who have not won any seats, openly living transgender people will be represented on the electoral lists for the first time.