List of the first LGBT holders of political offices

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This is a list of political offices which have been held by a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender person, with details of the first holder of each office. It should only list people who came out as LGBT before or during their terms in office; it should not list people who came out only after retiring from politics, or people who were outed by reference sources only after their death.

The year in brackets refers to the year which the officeholder was elected as an openly LGBT person. If he or she came out during term of office it is referred to after the year in brackets.

It is ordered by country, by dates of appointment. Former countries are also to be listed.

Heads of government[edit]

Former prime minister of Iceland Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir (second from right) and her wife Jónína (far left) with Slovenian President Danilo Türk and his wife Barbara. Official visit to Slovenia.
# Name Years Nation Office
1 Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir[1] 2009–2013  Iceland Prime Minister
2 Elio Di Rupo[2] 2011–2014  Belgium Prime Minister
3 Xavier Bettel[3] 2013–present  Luxembourg Prime Minister
4 Leo Varadkar[4] 2017–present  Ireland Taoiseach
5 Ana Brnabić[5] 2017–present  Serbia Prime Minister

International bodies[edit]

European Union[edit]

European Commission[edit]

European Parliament[edit]

Arranged by country

Americas[edit]

Argentina[edit]

Bolivia[edit]

  • Congressperson – Manuel Canelas – 2014[25] [First openly gay male]

Brazil[edit]

Canada[edit]

Chile[edit]

Colombia[edit]

Costa Rica[edit]

  • House of Representatives – Carmen Muñoz – elected 2010[48]
  • National Assembly - Enrique Sánchez elected in 2018 [49]

Cuba[edit]

Ecuador[edit]

El Salvador[edit]

Guatemala[edit]

Mexico[edit]

Peru[edit]

Puerto Rico[edit]

United States[edit]

Uruguay[edit]

  • Director of Macro Counseling in Social Policies – Andrés Scagliola – 2010[68] [First openly gay member of the government; Came out: 2011]
  • House of Representatives (Substitute Deputy) – Martín Couto – 2014[69] [First openly gay congressperson; Came out: 2017]
  • Member of Parliament – Michelle Suárez Bértora – 2014[70] [First transgender legislator]

Venezuela[edit]

Europe[edit]

Austria[edit]

Belgium[edit]

Czech Republic[edit]

Denmark[edit]

Faroe Islands[edit]

Finland[edit]

France[edit]

Germany[edit]

Hungary[edit]

Iceland[edit]

Ireland[edit]

Isle of Man[edit]

Italy[edit]

Latvia[edit]

Lithuania[edit]

Luxembourg[edit]

Netherlands[edit]

Norway[edit]

Poland[edit]

Portugal[edit]

Serbia[edit]

Slovakia[edit]

Soviet Union[edit]

Spain[edit]

Autonomous regional parliament members[edit]

Sweden[edit]

Switzerland[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

Africa[edit]

South Africa[edit]

Tunisia[edit]

Asia[edit]

Hong Kong[edit]

India[edit]

Israel[edit]

Japan[edit]

Osaka[edit]

Tokyo[edit]

Kyoto[edit]

Hokkaido[edit]

Macau[edit]

Nepal[edit]

Philippines[edit]

  • Province Mayor (Municipality of Leyte, Leyte) – Arnold James Ysidoro – 1998–2004; 2010[214]
  • Province Mayor (Municipality of Palapag, Northern Samar) – Florencio "Fawa" Abobo Batula – 2013[215] [First transgender woman]
  • Board Member of 2nd District of Northern Samar Province – Florencio "Fawa" Abobo Batula – 2013–2016[215]
  • City Councilor (Mandaue City) – Wenceslao Gakit – 1998–2007[216]
  • Board Member of Sixth District of Cebu Province – Wenceslao Gakit – 2007–2010[216]
  • City Councilor (Pasay City) – Justo Justo (Panfilo C Justo) – c. 1980s[217]
  • Barangay Capitan of Angeles IV (Tayabas, Quezon Province) – Ruvic Rea – 2001[218] [First transgender woman]
  • House of Representatives – Geraldine Roman – 2016[219] [First transgender woman elected to Congress]

Sri Lanka[edit]

Taiwan[edit]

Thailand[edit]

Oceania[edit]

Australia[edit]

Guam[edit]

New Zealand[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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