List of the first LGBT holders of political offices Article

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This is a list of political offices which have been held by a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender person, with details of the first holder of each office. It should only list people who came out as LGBT before or during their terms in office; it should not list people who came out only after retiring from politics, or people who were outed by reference sources only after their death.

The year in brackets refers to the year which the officeholder was elected as an openly LGBT person. If he or she came out during term of office it is referred to after the year in brackets.

It is ordered by country, by dates of appointment. Former countries are also to be listed.

Heads of government

Former prime minister of Iceland Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir (second from right) and her wife Jónína (far left) with Slovenian President Danilo Türk and his wife Barbara. Official visit to Slovenia.
# Name Years Nation Office
1 Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir 2009–2013   Iceland Prime Minister
2 Elio Di Rupo 2011–2014   Belgium Prime Minister
3 Xavier Bettel 2013–present   Luxembourg Prime Minister
4 Leo Varadkar 2017–present   Ireland Taoiseach
5 Ana Brnabić 2017–present   Serbia Prime Minister

International bodies

European Union

European Commission

European Parliament

Americas

Argentina

Bolivia

  • First gay congressperson: Manuel Canelas – elected 2014 [2]

Brazil

Canada

Chile

Colombia

Costa Rica

Cuba

Ecuador

El Salvador

Guatemala

Mexico

Peru

Puerto Rico

United States

Uruguay

Venezuela

Europe

Austria

Belgium

Czech Republic

Denmark

  • Member of Parliament:
    • Female: Yvonne Herløv Andersen – 1998 she was also MP for a few terms during the 1970s and 1980s, but not while openly lesbian.
    • Male: Torben Lund – 1998 came out in February 1998 while still an MP.
    • Male: Uffe Elbæk – Minister of Culture 2011–2012
    • Male: Søren Pape Poulsen – Minister of Justice 2016
    • Male: Rasmus Nordqvist – Member of parliament 2015-now
  • Member of Government:
    • Minister for Science, Technology, Information and Higher Education (since May 2018): Tommy Ahlers – came out as bisexual in July 2018.

Faroe Islands

Finland

France

Germany

Hungary

Iceland

Ireland

Isle of Man

Italy

Latvia

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Netherlands

Norway

Poland

Portugal

Serbia

Slovakia

Soviet Union

Spain

Autonomous regional parliament members

Sweden

Switzerland

United Kingdom

Africa

South Africa

Asia

Hong Kong

India

  • First transgender person to be elected to public office: Shabnam Mausi was an elected member of the Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly from 1998 to 2003.
  • First transgender mayor of a city: Madhu Bai Kinnar was elected as the mayor of Raigarh, Chhattisgarh on 4 January 2015. [37] [38] [39] [40]

Israel

Japan

Osaka

Tokyo

Nepal

Philippines

  • Municipality of Leyte, Leyte Province Mayor (Gay Male): Arnold James Ysidoro 1998–2004; 2010
  • Municipality of Palapag, Northern Samar (2013); Board Member of 2nd District of Northern Samar Province (2013–2016) (Transgender Woman): Florencio "Fawa" Abobo Batula
  • City Councilor of Mandaue City (1998–2007); Board Member of 6th District of Cebu Province (2007–2010) (Gay Male): Wenceslao Gakit
  • City Councilor of Pasay City (1980s) (Gay Male): Panfilo C Justo/Justo Justo
  • Barangay Capitan of Angeles IV, Tayabas, Quezon Province (2001) (Trans woman): Ruvic Rea
  • House of Representatives (2016) (Trans woman): Geraldine Roman

Taiwan

  • Minister without Portfolio (2016) (Trans woman): Audrey Tang (World's first)

Oceania

Australia

Guam

New Zealand

See also

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