List of the first LGBT holders of political offices

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This is a list of political offices which have been held by a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender person, with details of the first holder of each office. It should only list people who came out as LGBT before or during their terms in office; it should not list people who came out only after retiring from politics, or people who were outed by reference sources only after their death.

The year in brackets refers to the year which the officeholder was elected as an openly LGBT person. If he or she came out during term of office it is referred to after the year in brackets.

It is ordered by country, by dates of appointment. Former countries are also to be listed.


International bodies[edit]

European Union[edit]

European Commission[edit]

European Parliament[edit]

Americas[edit]

Argentina[edit]

Brazil[edit]

Canada[edit]

Chile[edit]

Colombia[edit]

Cuba[edit]

Mexico[edit]

Peru[edit]

Puerto Rico[edit]

United States[edit]

Uruguay[edit]

  • First openly gay member of Government: Andrés Scagliola – 2010, came out in 2011.

Europe[edit]

Austria[edit]

Belgium[edit]

Czech Republic[edit]

Denmark[edit]

Finland[edit]

France[edit]

Germany[edit]

Hungary[edit]

Iceland[edit]

Ireland[edit]

Italy[edit]

Latvia[edit]

Lithuania[edit]

Luxembourg[edit]

Netherlands[edit]

Norway[edit]

Poland[edit]

Portugal[edit]

Serbia[edit]

  • Adviser to the Minister of European Integration
  • Male: Boris Milicevic – 2013–

Slovakia[edit]

Spain[edit]

Autonomous regional parliament members[edit]

Spanish People's Party of the Basque Country, 2008–2014

  • Member of the Assembly of Extremadura: Víctor Casco, come out 2014

Sweden[edit]

Switzerland[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

Africa[edit]

South Africa[edit]

Asia[edit]

Hong Kong[edit]

Israel[edit]

Japan[edit]

Osaka[edit]

Tokyo[edit]

Nepal[edit]

Philippines[edit]

  • Municipality of Leyte, Leyte Province Mayor (Gay Male): Arnold James Ysidoro 1998–2004; 2010
  • Municipality of Palapag, Northern Samar(2013); Board Member of 2nd District of Northern Samar Province (2013–2016) (Transgender Woman): Florencio "Fawa" Abobo Batula
  • City Councilor of Mandaue City (1998–2007); Board Member of Gth Distrct of Cebu Province (2007–2010) (Gay Male): Wenceslao Gakit
  • City Councilor of Pasay City (1980s) (Gay Male):Panfilo C Justo/ Justo Justo
  • Barangay Capitan of Angeles IV, Tayabas, Quezon Province (2001) (Transgender Woman):Ruvic Rea

Oceania[edit]

Australia[edit]

Guam[edit]

New Zealand[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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