Minn tími hefur koma!
Iceland just named its first female Prime Minister, and she happens to also be the world’s first (modern) queer head of state!
Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir was once a flight stewardess and married to a man. She entered politics after working for a union. She is now Iceland’s longest serving MP, and at 60 married a woman (gay marriage has been legal in Iceland since 1996). She is incredibly well-liked, with a 73% approval rating.
Jóhanna even has her own catch phrase, “My time will come!” (“Minn tími mun koma!”), which she ‘coined’ during her concession speech after losing the election for President of the Social Democratic Party. Her time has indeed come, and then some.
In Iceland itself … the new prime minister’s sexual orientation appears to be causing less excitement than it is abroad.
What is really historic about this new cabinet, says Skuli Helgeson, the general secretary of Ms Sigurardottir’s Social Democratic Alliance, is not the fact that its leader is a lesbian, but that for the first time in Icelandic history it boasts an equal number of men and women.