Add Serbia to the list of countries with openly gay prime ministers.
Ana Brnabić, 41, was not elected to the position but appointed. Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić announced Thursday evening that he had chosen Brnabić to succeed him as prime minister and form a new government, The Guardian reports. She is the first woman and the first gay person to hold the position, something that “is all the more remarkable given that virulent homophobia is still widespread in the Balkans,” the U.K. newspaper notes.
Brnabić, who was educated in the U.S. and the U.K., then returned to Serbia to work in the wind power industry, became the Serbian government’s first out gay minister last year, running the ministry for public administration and local self-government. LGBT rights activists praised her appointment but had low expectations for progress, given that discrimination and violence are common in Serbia.
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