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The Telegraph did an interview with Icelandic Jónína Leósdóttir, the world's first lesbian First Lady. She is married to Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, former Prime Minister of Iceland.

Easier to come out when you are a white grandmother

Iceland's former Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir is the only world leader to have a same-sex spouse. Her wife, Jónína Leósdóttir, talked to Radhika Sanghani from the Telegraph, about how coming out is easier when you are a white grandmother and how she used to be scared of lesbians.

The following is from the interview:

"I think people see white women grandmas as rather harmless so maybe it’s not so threatening."

In global history, there has only ever been one head of state to have a same-sex spouse. That wasn’t in the progressive Sweden, or the occasionally-progressive America, but in Iceland, which has a population around the size of Croydon.

She is married to Iceland’s former Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir. They married in 2010 – just after same-sex marriage was made legal in their country – but have been together since 1985, when they both left their husbands to be together. It means their relationship spans almost 30 years.

For almost half of their relationship, they kept it a secret because they were so worried about what it could do to Jóhanna’s career as an MP.

Scared of lesbians

It was only on a visit to the nearby Faroe Islands that they experienced serious prejudice when an MP refused to sit with them at a dinner. "He made a bit of a fuss about it", Jónína told the Telegraph

Click here to read the complete interview on The Telegraph


Last modified onFriday, 11 April 2014 11:00
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