Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, former prime minister of Iceland and the world's first openly lesbian head of government spoke for the first time ever at an LBGT event when she gave a speech at the WorldPride Human Rights Conference in Toronto recently.
In The End Love Conquered All
"I freely confess, here at my first World Pride Conference that when I look into life’s rear view mirror I see we did not have to wait for so long to be open about our feelings," Jóhanna said. "The attitude in Iceland had become much more accepting long before the year 2000 when we finally started living together. Thanks to the efforts of a group of brave people, heterosexual as well as homosexual, things had gradually begun to move in the right direction in the 90's. My heart is full of gratitude to that group of people, which was very small at the beginning, and I am grateful to all of you who are gathered here today. I am sure that many of you have had a long and difficult fight for gay rights."
"Love is simply Love"
Her speech was heartwarming and informing. Watch the whole thing below:
Among The Most Powerful Women in the world
Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, born 4 October 1942) is a former politician and the former Prime Minister of Iceland. She became active in the trade union movement, serving as an officer. Elected an MP from 1978 to 2013, she was appointed as Iceland's Minister of Social Affairs and Social Security, serving from 1987-1994 and 2007-2009. She was a member of the Althing (Iceland's parliament) for Reykjavík constituencies since 1978, winning re-election on eight successive occasions. She became Iceland's first female Prime Minister and the world's first openly lesbian head of government on 1 February 2009.
Jóhanna is a social democrat and Iceland's longest-serving member of Parliament. In the 1990s, when she lost a bid to head the Social Democratic Party, she raised her fist and declared "Minn tími mun koma!" ("My time will come!"), a phrase that became a popular Icelandic expression. In 2009, Forbes listed her among the 100 Most Powerful Women in the world. In September 2012, Jóhanna announced she would not seek re-election and would retire from politics.