A German member of Parliament has caused outrage after referring to a transgender politician as a man and calling her by her birth name.
Far-right German politician Beatrix von Storch, 50, who is a member of the populist AFD political party, caused outrage in the capital Berlin after she addressed fellow MP and member of the Green Party Tessa Ganserer, 44, calling her a man and using her masculine birth name Markus.
To top it all, the incident took place during a debate about International Women’s Day, which is on Tuesday, 8th March, that was taking place at the Bundestag, the German parliament.
The far-right politician was reportedly widely booed by her fellow members of Parliament. The vast majority of the members of Parliament also reportedly showed solidarity with Ganserer and gave her a standing ovation.
Lieutenant Colonel Anastasia Biefang, 47, the deputy chairperson of the QueerBw advocacy group, said: “The rhetoric of the AfD relies exclusively on personal insults and cheap populism.”
She added: “But this went even lower than that.”
The QueerBw, formerly the working group for homosexual members of the Bundeswehr, is a lobby group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex members of the Bundeswehr, which comprises soldiers, civil servants, and judges. The Bundeswehr is the name of the Armed Forces of Germany.
Biefang, who revealed, like her colleague Ganserer, that she was transgender in her early 40s, said that her transgender colleague is now “a target for transphobia from all directions.”
Despite the scandalous incident, Biefang said that the “Bundeswehr has developed extremely positively over the past few decades.”