Serbia Gets Its First Openly-Gay (And Female) Prime Minister

Just days after Leo Varadkar became Ireland’s first gay prime minister, Serbia follows suit. In one fell swoop, the deeply conservative Balkan state gets its first openly-gay and female Prime Minister. Ana Brnabic, who only entered politics last year, was chosen by the new President, Aleksandar Vucic for the position.

“I believe that Brnabic has professional and personal qualities to be prime minister,” said Vucic, who heads the Serbian Progressive Party. “And that along with other ministers she will work on improvement and progress of our Serbia.”

Brnabic’s nomination to high office helps the country’s chance of joining the EU. Though it shows proof of increasing tolerance, homophobia and anti-gay violence are still common in the former Communist country. With that being said, any step forward is still progress. For more, head over to the BBC.