Monday, February 02, 2009

Iceland's New Leader

You know a country is pretty socially advanced when it turns to a lesbian socialist in a time of turmoil. Two things I love almost as much as the fact that Iceland has made Johanna Sigurdardottir the first gay leader of the "modern world" (as the New York Times puts it) are the name of the gay group and it's spokesman's first name:

“Iceland is a small society, and the public knows what Sigurdardottir stands for as a politician, and that’s the only thing that is important,” said Frosti Jonsson, a spokesman for Iceland’s National Association of Queers. “Nowadays, not only does Iceland have one of the most progressive legal environments for gay people, there have also been changes in public attitudes towards gay people. It simply isn’t an issue anymore.”