New Zealand now has the queerest Parliament in the world
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Image for representation. Israel is set to have a record number of openly gay MPs after new rules allowing cabinet members to give up their seats came into effect, a media report said. Six gay MPs from five parties across the political spectrum will serve in the seat Parliament or Knesset as a result, the BBC report said on Friday. Last year, Israel appointed its first openly gay minister. The country has the most progressive attitude towards LGBTQ people in the Middle East, despite opposition from some conservative sections of society. They are protected by anti-discrimination laws, have adoption and same-sex inheritance rights, and have been allowed to serve in the military since A member of a centrist faction, Yorai Lahav-Hertzano, will become the sixth openly gay MP when he is sworn in next week.
New Zealand is on track to elect the ‘gayest parliament in the world’
A transsexual woman and a gay man have taken their seats in Poland's newly-elected parliament — historic firsts reflecting profound social changes in the traditionally Roman Catholic country. Anna Grodzka, who was born a man, shook hands with several men and women as she entered the assembly hall. She took a seat next to Robert Biedron, a leading gay rights activist who is the first openly gay person to be elected to the Polish parliament. Both belong to Palikot's Movement, a progressive party that became the third largest in parliament after elections that took place on 9 October.
Forty-five gay, lesbian or bi MPs were elected on Thursday — six more than in the previous parliament. A record women were elected, with Labour performing best of all the parties. Despite the apparent progress, charities have called for political parties to be more inclusive. The DUP, one of the most socially conservative parties in Europe, has fought to maintain tight restrictions on abortion and opposes gay marriage. Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies.