Iceland’s Social Affairs minister, Johanna Sigurdardottir, a lesbian, is being appointed the first female Prime Minister. It’s a wonderful outcome in a terrible situation:
Iceland’s previous conservative-led government failed Monday after the country’s banks collapsed last fall under the weight of huge debts amassed during years of rapid economic growth. The country’s currency has since plummeted, while inflation and unemployment are soaring.
Even in this climate, Ms Sigurdardottir is extremely popular with a 73% approval rating, according to one poll.
“If there’s anyone who can restore trust in the political system it’s her,” said Eyvindur Karlsson, a 27-year-old translator from Reykjavik. “People respect her because she’s never been afraid of standing up to her own party. They see her as someone who isn’t tainted by the economic crisis.”
But wait for it! The article goes on to say that the ‘new leader is known for allocating generous amounts of public funding to help the disabled, the elderly and organizations tackling domestic violence.’ Like her already, don’t you?
It’s pretty sad that Iceland doesn’t allow its own incoming leader to get married. While Iceland is comparatively advanced with regard to LGB (TQI?) rights, there’s still some way to go. But there are smiles all around the world this week. And the best bit is that the good people of Iceland care about her political credentials and just don’t give a hoot about her orientation. If it weren’t for the economy, I would consider moving there.