Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic is a leader who claims to be LGBT and has children from a relationship with his partner. Photo/Reuters
WASHINGTON – In free countries, especially Europe, sexual orientation status is not a barrier for someone to become a leader of a country or government. That makes many state leaders have LGBT status, whether gay or lesbian.
However, LGBT is still seen as a deviant and forbidden sexual orientation in certain countries. It’s just that, in countries in Europe that have allowed same-sex marriage, they also see that gay leaders are still a strange thing.
Here are 7 state and government leaders with LGBT status, whether gay or lesbi.
1. President Terpilih Latvia Edgars Rinkevics
The Latvian parliament elects Edgars Rinkevics to become president. Previously Rinkevics had served as foreign minister for a long time.
Rinkevics will represent Latvia, a member state of the European Union and NATO, at the NATO summit in Vilnius in July.
Rinkevics, 49, took up a ceremonial role as president after serving as Latvia’s foreign minister since 2011.
Latvia is making history as Europe’s first openly gay head of state.
In a statement on social media, Rinkevics said he was honored and humbled to have been selected. “I will do my best to serve the Latvian people well. I thank the MPs for their trust,” he said.
Rinkevics publicly came out as gay in November 2014, posting the status on Twitter. “I am proud to announce that I am gay… Best of luck to you all.”
In a second tweet at the time, he spoke of improving the legal status of same-sex relations, saying that Latvia needed to create a legal framework for all types of partnerships. He signed with the hashtag #Proudtobegay.
Since then, same-sex marriage has not been recognized in the northern European country, but civil marriages have been possible since last year. In the ILGA-Europe Map and Rainbow Index 2023, Latvia is ranked 37th out of 49 EU countries.