Iceland Appoints World's First Openly Gay LeaderS

Even as their country plummets down the geyser hole, Icelanders are still awfully nice to gay people. They've appointed an out-and-proud lesbian to be their interim Prime Minister, a world first the papers say.

You may remember that when the country initially went into its economic cataclysm, an openly gay troubadour became the face of the people's revolution. Now they've placed out gay person Johanna Sigurdardottir, who had been the nation's social affairs minister (and a former Icelandair stewardess), into the highest office in the land. It's unlikely that Sigurdardottir will remain in office after the election, as her party isn't doing terribly well in the polls, but who knows! It's a long way til May. Maybe the small handful of voters—there are only like twelve people in Iceland, and three of them are adorable children dressed in Oilily—will decide to stick with her in the end.

During her tenure as the social affairs minister, Sigurdardottir was known and well-liked for allocating large amounts of government money to fund programs like aid for the disabled and domestic abuse prevention. She lives with her partner, a journalist, and has two children from a previous marriage.

Image via AP Photo/Brynjar Gauti