What does the killing of a Kosovo Serb politician reveal about the deep fault lines running through the Balkan state?
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Correction, 29/06/2018: An earlier version of this story said that Elio Di Rupo was the current prime minister of Belgium. This was incorrect. The prime minister of Belgium is Charles Michel.
Ireland’s Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Luxemburg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, Serbia’s Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, Belgium’s former prime minister, Elio Di Rupo, and Iceland’s former prime minister, Johanna Siguroardottir, all come from different places but belong to the same club. Each of them was elected while openly gay.
LGBT politicians are slowly stepping out of the shadows and reaching their nation’s highest offices, something unfathomable until very recently. In 2017, 33 LGBT representatives were elected to the British parliament. And there are over 400 LGBT candidates running for office in this year's midterm elections in the United States.
This episode unpacks what it takes to be out and in the public eye. What impact does it have on all of us when influential people confidently and openly let the world know they are part of the LGBTQ community?
On this episode of The Stream, we speak with:
Bisi Alimi, @bisialimi
Executive Director, Bisi Alimi Foundation
Sunil Pant, @BDS_nepal
First openly gay elected representative in Asia
Leslie Herod, @leslieherod
US State of Colorado Representative
Tamara Adrian, @TamaraAdrian
Member, Venezuela National Assembly
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