ADDED ON: 04/23/2022

Out in the World: Europe’s San Marino elects first out gay head of state

4/22/22 | Bay Area Reporter

San Marino, the world’s oldest republic, appointed the world’s first gay head of state when Paolo Rondelli was named one of two captains regent. Rondelli, 58, was inaugurated as one of the country’s two highest elected officials at a ceremony April 1. Oscar Mina, the other captains regent, was also inaugurated. Mina held the role in 2009. The medieval city-state of San Marino is near the eastern coast of Italy and is one of Europe’s microstates. LGBTQ allies Marta Cartabia, the justice minister of Italy, and Italian Senator Monica Cirinnà were in attendance at the inauguration, reported Money Central. Cirinnà praised Rondelli, a longtime LGBTQ activist and politician. Prior to his swearing in as a captain regent, he served as a deputy in San Marino’s parliament and as an ambassador to the United States for nine years (2007-2016). Rondelli joined San Marino’s parliament in 2019. “It’s a historic day, that fills me with joy and pride, because Paolo Rondelli will be the first head of the state belonging to the LGBT+ community, not only in San Marino, but in the world,” Cirinnà wrote on Facebook, calling him “a man of immense culture and diplomatic and political experience” who has fought for LGBTQ and women’s rights.”

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