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The World Turning The Corner On Gay Political Leadership

June 16, 2017

When Leo Varadkar assumed power in Ireland on Wednesday, he blazed a trail of firsts: At 38 years old, the biracial son of an Indian immigrant father and Irish mother became the country’s youngest-ever prime minister.  He also became the first openly gay man elected to lead the Republic of Ireland, where homosexuality was illegal until just 24 years ago.

That was stunning news for a country that was so backwards on the issue for so long.

Now Europe’s second new gay prime minister of the week will soon take power–this time in Serbia. The country is set to get its first female and openly gay PM after President Aleksandar Vučić announced he had given Ana Brnabić, a 41-year-old local government minister, the mandate to form a new government.

It is refreshing that some in the international community see the wisdom of turning the page on bigotry by now embracing the best and brightest to shape governments and policy-making regardless of sexual persuasions.

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