“It is hard for us to find a job, rent an appartment or even travel by train”
Trans people in Poland are tired of having their human rights called into question and denied
. The vetoed act was supposed to be the country's first actual gender recognition legislation. A new law would once and for all end suing one's parents in court, a practice which has been part of legal gender recognition procedure for decades.
“I didn't expect President Andrzej Duda to veto this act, because he presented himself as President of all Poles”
The Gender Accordance Act not only defined a transparent and accessible recognition. It also ensured protection of privacy by forcing the State to issue new birth certificates of trans people as well as other documentation such as diplomas and certificates of employment. This would have bettered the already discouraging situation of trans people on the labor market.
“If my name was changed legally and my gender recognized, my life would begin”
Not all is lost
It is now for the lower house (the Sejm) of the Parliament to challenge the presidential veto. This final vote is scheduled for Friday, October 9 at noon. To bypass the veto the Act needs to be supported by a 3/5 majority with at least 50% of Members of Parliament present.
Civil society organizations and individuals from all around the world have been sending their support for the law to parliamentary clubs and independent Members of Parliament to convince Polish decision-makers that trans people need a new gender recognition legislation.
Amidst various advocacy activities, an online petition
was started to bring this matter to public attention. More than 2000 people have signed it within the first 24 hours and hundreds are joining in every hour.
This is what democracy looks like to me!
If you want to support trans people in Poland and voice your opinion, consider the following
- Voice your support with #No2TransVeto hashtag
- Share Legalize Trans Poland's video to show that trans people need a gender recognition legislation (English subtitles available)
- Sign and share a petition calling for Members of Polish Parliament to vote down the veto
- Join us and thousands other people on Facebook through our public event
- Write your own letter to parliamentary clubs and independent MPs who have already voiced their support for the law before and urge them to be present during the voting this Friday: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Roman.Kotlinski@sejm.pl, Ryszard.Kalisz@sejm.pl
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