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Photo: A screenshot from RÚV. Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir receiving the badge of honour from Samtökin ’78.

First Openly LGBT Head of Government Honoured by Samtökin ‘78

Former Prime Minister of Iceland Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir was awarded a badge of honour yesterday by the National Queer Organisation of Iceland (Samtökin ‘78), RÚV reports. Jóhanna was the first openly homosexual person in the world to become a head of government. One of the first acts of her government in June 2010 was to pass equal marriage legislation in Iceland.

“Overnight, Jóhanna became a role model for millions of people around the world, just for being who she was,” stated Samtökin ‘78’s director Þorbjörg Þorvaldsdóttir at the ceremony honouring the former Prime Minister yesterday, adding that Jóhanna’s story was one “of perseverance and victory that greatly reflect the struggle for gay rights in Iceland. Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir truly showed that all doors were open to LGBT+ people.”

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