| Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir
Iceland ready to endorse first openly gay PM [Guardian]
For Sigurdardottir, Iceland's longest serving MP, it has been a long and somewhat circuitous route to the top. Three decades ago, she was a cabin attendant and union official, the mother of two sons and married to a banker.
Her union connections brought her into politics, first as an MP in 1978, then as a minister in 1987 and vice-chairman of the party. By the mid 1990s, she was challenging for the top party job. On being defeated she predicted "my time will come", a phrase that has since become a standard aphorism in the Icelandic language.
"She has credible compassion with those less well off and a willingness to improve their lot," said her then rival, Jon Baldvin Hannibalsson. But in an interview with the daily Morgunbladid, he added: "She is a loner, focused but narrow-minded."
She formed her own party in 1995, but was back with the Social Democrats in 2000, and rejoined the government as social affairs minister in 2007.
In 2002, at the age of 60, she married Jonina Leosdottir, a writer, in a civil ceremony.
- Iceland to Convene Constitutional Parliament [IcelandReview]
- Profile: Johanna Sigurdardottir [Guardian]
- Profile: World's first lesbian Prime Minister's slow rise to power [Pink News]
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Britain has only one openly lesbian member of Parliament, Angela Eagle of the Labour party, Nunn said. The United States currently has three openly gay members of Congress -- Democratic Reps. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Barney Frank of Massachusetts and Jared Polis of Colorado.