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Meet Belgium PM Elio Di Rupo, The Second Openly Gay World Leader In Modern History

For those of you still bummed that David Norris didn’t become Ireland’s Prime Minister President—and the second openly gay world leader in history—take heart! Belgium’s incoming Prime Minster Elio Di Rupo is a total homo… and he also rocks red bow ties with a sickness. RAWK!

Image via Luc Van Braekel

By:           Daniel Villarreal
On:           Dec 5, 2011
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  • 13 Comments
    • Bigg
      Bigg

      Whoever wrote this headline has no real grip on history.

      Dec 5, 2011 at 12:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • heydrichmuller
      heydrichmuller

      @Bigg: Took the words right out of my mouth. He clearly does not remember Caesar Publius Aelius Traianus Hadrianus Augustus! Hate when people are so blind to History. It boils me to destruction.

      Dec 5, 2011 at 12:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kurt
      Kurt

      And David Norris did not run for Taoiseach (Prime Minister), he ran for the largely ceremonial job of President of the Irish Republic.

      Dec 5, 2011 at 12:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Daniel Villarreal
      Daniel Villarreal

      @heydrichmuller: @Kurt: I suck. Small tweaks made above. Thanks.

      Dec 5, 2011 at 12:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Nick
      Nick

      All the history snobs should at least try to avoid anachronism. Hadrian couldn’t be “openly gay” as the category (a modern one) didn’t even exist yet.

      Dec 5, 2011 at 12:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bill Ford
      Bill Ford

      Bow ties usually denote that a buffoon is in residence.

      Dec 5, 2011 at 1:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kurt
      Kurt

      @Daniel Villarreal: I appreciate it. And while I think highly of David Norris, I am very happy that Michael Higgins, the Irish Labour Party candidate, was elected President.

      Best of luck to to Di Rupo, who will need it. He needs to improve his Dutch.

      Dec 5, 2011 at 1:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Anne
      Anne

      @Daniel Villarreal:

      “I suck”

      You are finally beginning to understand.

      Dec 5, 2011 at 6:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • chink change
      chink change

      Wait, you mean that’s NOT Robert Carradine?

      Dec 5, 2011 at 8:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CBRad
      CBRad

      @Daniel Villarreal: Oh..Daniel V…..you don’t suck. You just get too sloppy sometimes.

      Dec 5, 2011 at 10:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dave
      Dave

      Is he Steve Jobs’ long-lost brother?

      Dec 5, 2011 at 11:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bill S.
      Bill S.

      The leader of Belgium (i.e. the Head of State) is King Albert II. The Prime Minister is always the head of *government,* not the head of state.

      We have yet to see an openly gay head of state in modern world history.

      (That being said, I don’t want to make it sound like this is unimportant. I’m thrilled we have a second openly gay head of government. But he is not the highest-ranking government official in Belgium; the King is.)

      Dec 6, 2011 at 8:38 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bill Ford
      Bill Ford

      @Bill S.: zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      Dec 6, 2011 at 11:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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