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August 21, 2014

Xavier Bettel, the third openly gay leader of a country, has announced that his architect civil partner Gauthier Destenay has proposed to him and he said yes

Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel has announced he will soon take advantage of his country’s legalization of same-sex marriage after his civil partner Gauthier Destenay proposed to him.

Bettel and Destenay have been in a civil partnership since March of 2010 and same-sex marriage was legalized in Luxembourg in June of this year under his watch as leader of the government.

However it is only now that the couple are looking to make use of the law.

‘He asked me, and I said yes,’ the 41-year-old prime minister told a reporter from the LA Times.

December 5, 2013

As two openly gay men have been chosen to lead a country, they promise the small European nation will be one of the next to pass gay marriage

In a world first, two openly gay men have been sworn in to lead a country.

Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel was sworn in yesterday to head a coalition government with the Greens and Socialist parties.

Etienne Schneider, head of the Socialist party, was named as his deputy Prime Minister.

And with two gay men leading the small European nation, marriage equality should only be a few months away.

Gay weddings will be done forthly,’ Bettel has promised.

November 14, 2013

Luxembourg City mayor Xavier Bettel will become the world’s third openly gay or lesbian national leader after his Democratic Party did unexpectedly well in October elections

Luxembourg City mayor Xavier Bettel looks set to become the world’s third openly gay or lesbian national leader after he was picked to negotiate the next governing coalition by ruling monarch Grand Duke Henri.

Bettel’s centrist Democratic Party did unexpectedly well at elections last month, putting him in position to negotiate to form government in coalition with Luxembourg’s Greens and Socialists parties.

April 27, 2013

Icelandic Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir has stepped down after four years in power as the world’s first openly gay or lesbian leader of a country

Icelandic Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir retired from politics yesterday ahead of general elections today.

Sigurdardottir became the world’s first openly gay or lesbian head of state in February of 2009 when she was appointed Prime Minister of Iceland after Independence Party leader Geir Haarde resigned over his handling of the country’s then financial crisis.

Iceland’s voters gave her appointment the seal of approval two month later, giving her the task of fixing the country’s financial crisis.

April 11, 2013

LGBT activists are watching out for how Chinese state will respond to official visit of lesbian couple Johanna Sigurdardottir and Jonina Leosdottir next week

The world's first openly gay national leader, Icelandic prime minister Johanna Sigurdardottir is to visit China next week with her wife of 13 years, Jonina Leosdottir.

Sigurdardottir will meet President Xi Jinping and LGBT activists in China are watching out for how the state and the media react to the lesbian couple.

October 23, 2012

Gay Star News food and drink aficionado Jean Paul Zapata travels to Iceland's capital Reykjavik where he endeavors to turn every tourist attraction into an opportunity to feast like a Viking

I'm not the type of tourist who snaps pictures of my food. I am, however, one of those people who can turn a relaxing trip into a mission to eat and drink as many new things as I can.

September 26, 2012

GSN looks at the controversy some gay politicians have caused and why honesty is usually the best policy

Gay politicians and the media have always had a turbulent relationship.

Many politicians try, usually unsuccessfully, to hide their lifestyle from the press fearing some members of the electorate will consider their sexuality when casting their vote.

After all, as research conducted by the Universities of Exeter and Iowa has shown, candidates considered to be better looking than their rivals have a better chance of being elected.

May 11, 2012

Sapphire waters fed by hot springs and a sapphic prime minister are why LGBT people go to Iceland

Imagine me standing in the middle of the Arctic Circle in mid-winter in just my swimming trunks and with my face covered in white mud.

Suicidal? No! Smiling? Yes!

I’m not on some crazy endurance test, but soaking in the incredible atmosphere and weird luna-landscape of the world’s most famous luxury spa – the Blue Lagoon.

It’s just one of the wonderfully weird must-sees on any tour of Iceland (just three hours flight-time from London and only five from New York).