A transgender parliamentary candidate from Nuremberg in Bavaria appears to be elected in the Bundestag in Berlin. Tessa Ganserer, who has been in the regional parliament of the German state since 2013, is participating on behalf of the Greens and is likely to represent them in the national parliament. She received 22.6 percent of the vote.
German voters cast two votes on Sunday, one to one candidate in their constituency and one on the party of their choice. The 44-year-old Ganserer told a local broadcaster in Bavaria that she had “a super result”. She considers that result as an indication that Germany is an open and tolerant country.
Politician was the first German MP to come out as transgender in 2018. Like many other transgender people in the country, she refuses to officially change her first name and gender under transsexuals law. That 40-year-old law stipulates that people should only do so after a psychological assessment and a court ruling. Her identity card still shows her former male first name, just like the ballot.
So far, only one transgender person has been in the Bundestag, but it didnt come out until after her tenure.