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World's First Openly Gay Head of Government In Iceland

DarkCrawlerDarkCrawler Registered User regular
edited February 2009 in Debate and/or Discourse
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7863923.stm
First gay PM for Iceland cabinet

Iceland has announced a new government that will be headed by the modern world's first openly gay leader.

Johanna Sigurdardottir was named new prime minister by the country's coalition political parties.

Iceland's previous coalition cabinet of PM Geir Haarde collapsed last month under the strain of an escalating economic crisis.

Ms Sigurdardottir's government said on Sunday it would immediately start to tackle Iceland's crisis.

"The government inherits enormous difficulties due to the banking and systemic collapse as well as considerable and rapidly increasing foreign debts and liabilities of the national economy," the new coalition said in a statement.

It said its priorities would be replacing the board of governors of the central bank and to ask a parliamentary committee to look at the possibility of entering the European Union.

'Liberal voters'

Ms Sigurdardottir, a former social affairs minister, is the member of the Social Democratic Alliance.

The 66-year-old's appointment as interim leader - until elections in May - is seen by many as a milestone for the gay and lesbian movement, correspondents say.

"I don't think her sexual orientation matters. Our voters are pretty liberal, they don't care about any of that," Skuli Helgeson, Social Democratic Alliance's general secretary, told the BBC.

Ms Sigurdardottir - who has never hidden her sexuality - is, nevetherless, very private about her personal life, never discussing it in public.

She married her companion Jonina Ledsdottir in 2002, according to AFP news agency.

Ms Sigurdardottir is one of Iceland's most popular politicians.

Her appeal has held up even as confidence in the government itself has plummeted, amid the economic crash, soaring unemployment and street protests.

Born in the capital Reykjavik in 1942, Ms Sigurdardottir studied commerce before becoming a flight attendant for Loftleidir Airlines in 1962.

After nine years at the airline, during which time she began a parallel career as a union organiser, she left and got an office job at a packaging firm in the capital.

Ms Sigurdardottir was first elected to Iceland's parliament in 1978 and was given her first ministerial office - social affairs - in 1987.

In 1994, she left government and unsuccessfully stood for the leadership of the Social Democratic Party. She then formed her own party, the National Movement, which won four parliamentary seats in the next year's general election.

The party later merged with the Social Democratic Party and two other centre-left groups to form the Social Democratic Alliance (SDA), which they hoped would counter the dominance of the right-wing Independence Party.

It was not until after the 2007 election, however, that the SDA got a chance to govern, albeit in a left-right coalition with the Independence Party.

Pretty awesome or what?

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    CherrnCherrn Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    And to think, only their entire government needed to collapse for it to happen!

    It's pretty awesome, though.

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    OlivawOlivaw good name, isn't it? the foot of mt fujiRegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Cherrn wrote: »
    And to think, only their entire government needed to collapse for it to happen!

    It's pretty awesome, though.

    Yeah I thought this was pretty funny myself

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    ZealotZealot Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    And do you know what's the most interesting part about this? We (Icelanders) don't care much about this. It's like "Oh, didn't know that, cool/whatever".

    Also:
    In 1994, she left government and unsuccessfully stood for the leadership of the Social Democratic Party.
    Shortly after this she said "Minn tími mun koma" (My time will come). It took 15 years. I like to think of this as an Icelandic version of "I'll be back".

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    MuddBuddMuddBudd Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    So Iceland is now ruled by a lesbian terminator?

    Awesome.

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    HonkHonk Honk is this poster. Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    edited February 2009
    Random overview of awesome things Icelandic:

    1) What this thread is about.

    2) Hrafninn flýgur

    3) Eve online
    Although Hrafninn flýgur is really #1.

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    HachfaceHachface Not the Minister Farrakhan you're thinking of Dammit, Shepard!Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Honk wrote: »
    Random overview of awesome things Icelandic:

    1) What this thread is about.

    2) Hrafninn flýgur

    3) Eve online
    Although Hrafninn flýgur is really #1.

    Lacks Bjork

    or is Bjork just too obvious

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    HonkHonk Honk is this poster. Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    edited February 2009
    Hachface wrote: »
    Honk wrote: »
    Random overview of awesome things Icelandic:

    1) What this thread is about.

    2) Hrafninn flýgur

    3) Eve online
    Although Hrafninn flýgur is really #1.

    Lacks Bjork

    or is Bjork just too obvious

    No Björk is just not awesome. I said it was a list of awesome things.

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    HachfaceHachface Not the Minister Farrakhan you're thinking of Dammit, Shepard!Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Honk wrote: »
    No Björk is just not awesome.

    Don't you ever say that to me again.

    ---

    And yay Iceland. It's going to take a power dyke to whip your financial situation into shape.

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    HonkHonk Honk is this poster. Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    edited February 2009
    Björk is pretty much love or hate. I can respect her though.

    ---

    And yeah, awesome!

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    emnmnmeemnmnme Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    The Dutch need a lesbian leader.

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    HachfaceHachface Not the Minister Farrakhan you're thinking of Dammit, Shepard!Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    emnmnme wrote: »
    The Dutch need a lesbian leader.

    They already embrace lesbian haircuts.

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    wwtMaskwwtMask Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    First black president and first gay PM. 2009 is doing pretty good for historic trends so far.

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    HachfaceHachface Not the Minister Farrakhan you're thinking of Dammit, Shepard!Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    The world has definitely had a closeted head of state before.
    I'm looking at you, Ben-Gurion.

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    HonkHonk Honk is this poster. Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    edited February 2009
    Very true.

    Also I imagine it was pretty ordinary in ancient Greece and Rome. Unless we're just talking modern times. Which we probably are but anyway.

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    PicardathonPicardathon Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Isn't everyone in Iceland related to one another? If so, doesn't this make it like everyone's cool lesbian cousin is Prime Minister?
    Because that's awesome.

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    HonkHonk Honk is this poster. Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    edited February 2009
    Isn't everyone in Iceland related to one another? If so, doesn't this make it like everyone's cool lesbian cousin is Prime Minister?
    Because that's awesome.

    I like to imagine this as well. Like it's all one happy little family living on an island.

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    saggiosaggio Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Hachface wrote: »
    The world has definitely had a closeted head of state before.
    I'm looking at you, Ben-Gurion.

    Seriously?

    That's hilarious if it's true.

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    HachfaceHachface Not the Minister Farrakhan you're thinking of Dammit, Shepard!Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    saggio wrote: »
    Hachface wrote: »
    The world has definitely had a closeted head of state before.
    I'm looking at you, Ben-Gurion.

    Seriously?

    That's hilarious if it's true.

    I totally made it up.

    But we can always dream.

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    emnmnmeemnmnme Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Hachface wrote: »
    emnmnme wrote: »
    The Dutch need a lesbian leader.

    They already embrace lesbian haircuts.

    Pffft. Comedians the world over could finally make the old "Go stick your finger in a dike" joke fresh again.

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    elevatureelevature Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Honk wrote: »
    Hachface wrote: »
    Honk wrote: »
    Random overview of awesome things Icelandic:

    1) What this thread is about.

    2) Hrafninn flýgur

    3) Eve online
    Although Hrafninn flýgur is really #1.

    Lacks Bjork

    or is Bjork just too obvious

    No Björk is just not awesome. I said it was a list of awesome things.

    So where is Sigur Ros?

    But seriously, go Iceland. This is pretty great.

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    TalleyrandTalleyrand Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    The title of this thread caught my attention but for all the wrong reasons.

    Well, it's pretty cool news even if Iceland can't be nearly as conservative and homophobic as the U.S.

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    IncenjucarIncenjucar VChatter Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
    I kind of find it funny. The world's reaction to "Status Quo is failing" is "Make the minorities clean it up!"

    :P

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    TalleyrandTalleyrand Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Incenjucar wrote: »
    I kind of find it funny. The world's reaction to "Status Quo is failing" is "Make the minorities clean it up!"

    :P

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    ZombiemamboZombiemambo Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Wait until the church hears about this

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    TubularLuggageTubularLuggage Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Pretty cool milestone.
    Sure, it's a country with fewer people than Halifax, but it's still pretty good.

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    SpeakerSpeaker Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Heh.

    Gay head.

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    TubularLuggageTubularLuggage Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Speaker wrote: »
    Heh.

    Gay head.

    I'm actually surprised we made it to the second page before someone said this.

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    SpeakerSpeaker Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Speaker wrote: »
    Heh.

    Gay head.

    I'm actually surprised we made it to the second page before someone said this.

    Likewise.

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    IncenjucarIncenjucar VChatter Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Wait until the church hears about this

    When the Pope fucks things up enough he'll make the Wiccans clean it up.

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    DukiDuki Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Is she hot?

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    Regina FongRegina Fong Allons-y, Alonso Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
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    DukiDuki Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    jeepguy wrote: »
    Duki wrote: »
    Is she hot?

    Not at all.

    Homophobe!

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    MuddBuddMuddBudd Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Duki wrote: »
    jeepguy wrote: »
    Duki wrote: »
    Is she hot?

    Not at all.

    Homophobe!

    You be the judge.

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    OptimusZedOptimusZed Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    MuddBudd wrote: »
    So Iceland is now ruled by a lesbian terminator?

    Awesome.
    If this isn't on their tourism materials, it should be.

    Edit: On a more serious note, good work Iceland. Back from total government collapse and a nice step for equality all at once. Now you just need to install a hot tub/webcam setup to get you through the rest of the economic troubles.

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    MorgensternMorgenstern ICH BIN DER PESTVOGEL DU KAMPFAFFE!Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    This is just setting up a slippery slope that will result in animals being given cabinet positions, and heaven forbid, the head of government.

    Outrage!

    *rimshot*

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    ApogeeApogee Lancks In Every Game Ever Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    MuddBudd wrote: »
    Duki wrote: »
    jeepguy wrote: »
    Duki wrote: »
    Is she hot?

    Not at all.

    Homophobe!

    You be the judge.

    sigurdardottir.jpg

    She looks like lesbian terminator!

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    QinguQingu Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Apogee wrote: »

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    She looks like lesbian terminator!

    She looks like ... well, the leader of Iceland. What with the ice-colored hair and clothes.

    Also, civilizations are supposed to collapse BECAUSE of the social acceptance of homophobia. Not the other way around.

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