Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir to Speak at 2014 World Pride Summit


Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir was the Prime Minister of Iceland from 2009 to 2013. [Image: Wikipedia]

Iceland’s former Prime Minister, and the world’s first openly-gay head of government, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, has been announced as the keynote speaker at the WorldPride Human Rights Conference, taking place in Toronto in 2014.

Sigurðardóttir – who at the height of her career in 2009, was among Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women in the World – will be speaking at the WorldPride Human Rights Conference from the 25th to 27th of June. The event will be a gathering of activists, artists, educators, journalists, policymakers, students, and others engaged in LGBT human rights around the world. The conference provides an opportunity for a global dialogue about LGBT rights, ranging from performances to presentations, politics to policies, and activists to academics. The event is organized by WorldPride and the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies.

After Jóhanna’s divorce from Þorvaldur Steinar Jóhannesson in 1987, she entered into a civil union with Jónína Leósdóttir, an author and playwright, in 2002. In 2010, when equal marriage was introduced in Iceland, Jóhanna & Jónína changed their civil union into a marriage, making them one of the first same-sex married couples in Iceland.


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