Edgars Rinkevic becomes the first openly gay head of state of the European Union

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Edgars-Rinkevic-becomes-the-first-openly-gay-head-of-state-of-the-European-UnionLatvia's former foreign minister Edgars Rinkevics achieved a historic feat as the first openly gay head of state in the European Union.

An Overview of the News

  • Following his role as Foreign Minister, Rinkevic was officially sworn in as President of Latvia.

  • Rinkewicz pledged to prioritise the fight for inclusion and equality during his presidency.

  • Rinkevics aims to use his limited powers to influence legislation and shape public opinion, with the goal of making Latvia a more inclusive and egalitarian country.

  • Rinkevics served as the Foreign Minister of Latvia from 2011 until his recent resignation.

  • In November 2014, Rinkewicz publicly came out as gay and became a prominent advocate for LGBTQ+ rights.

Status of LGBTQ+ rights in Latvia

  • Latvia currently bans same-sex marriage, making it illegal within the country.

  • Latvia's constitutional court recognized same-sex unions last year, indicating progress toward legal recognition.


  • It is a country on the Baltic Sea, situated between Lithuania and Estonia.

  • The capital of Latvia is Riga, known for its remarkable woodwork and Art Nouveau architecture.

  • St. Peter's Church is a popular tourist destination in Riga's mediaeval Old Town.

  • Capital - Riga

  • Prime Minister - Krisjanis Karins

  • Official language - Latvian

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