Bil Browning

Britain's first openly gay Prime Minister?

Filed By Bil Browning | August 06, 2009 1:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Britain, British politics, England, Gordon Brown, Peter Mandelson, Prime Minister

Is Great Britain ready for its first openly gay Prime Minister?

British politics is, to put it mildly, different than American politics. The formation of British governments and their dissolutions is something few Americans understand, but there is growing buzz in the press that Peter Mandelson, the openly gay First Secretary of State in the Labor Party government of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, may be positioning himself to take the top job should the increasingly unpopular Brown step down before the next national election.

How long do you think it will be before America is willing to elect an LGBT President?


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It will be decades before the church-going, judgement-inducing neanderthals in this country can open their minds and elect an LGB or T President in this country, at minimum.

Chitown Kev | August 6, 2009 2:55 PM

heh, Brtain is ready for it, IMHO. I remember some years ago that the gay rumors about the Tory Michael Portillo were so publicized (Portillo did admit to previous gay encounters) and he was on track to become Prime Minister.

Britain may be ready now. Certainly I've felt that we would see an openly gay Prime Minister within 20 years.

In America? Not in my lifetime. Nor in my nieces or nephews lifetime.

David Castillo David Castillo | August 6, 2009 6:35 PM

Not sure, Bil, but it would definitely create some interesting tension between the two nations should Mr. Mandelson run and get elected.

I believe the next PM (if Labour stays in power) will be David Milliband. I don't think Peter Mandelson stands a chance, but it doesn't have a thing to do with his sexuality.

James F. Buchanan, 1856-1860. was most likely gay.

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | August 7, 2009 4:47 AM

I don't care who is Prime Minister as long as Alistair Darling remains Chancellor of the Exchequer :)

"Get Darling on the phone for me."

"Which one sir?"

As to Gay head of state (prime ministers or presidents) I would think Canada before the United States.

Openly Gay? Could be as little as 30 years. Openly Lesbian is more likely.

Trans? Not this century. The one after that, body change to conform to the brain will be seen as controversial as braces on teeth now. Something you get fixed in childhood, if need be.

I would LOVE to bring the optimism and say I think it will be sometime in my lifetime, but I can't...

However, it wouldn't surprise me if we start getting gays showing up in the primaries... let's give to the Victory Fund and try to get a few more gays in office so we can see it happen!

Iceland has an openly lesbian Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir. Most member nations of
NATO allow Lesbians/Gay male to serve openly.
Nortern Europen nations tend to be more socially
progreesive than the United States of America.
hould the most qualified individual be either a
Lesbian or a Gay male, I feel that person would be
elected Prime Minister of Great Britain.

silver_unicorn | August 10, 2009 1:03 PM

Not quite the same but he is in charge of UK for a week while PM is on holiday! http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8193401.stm

Not sure if it was clear from the independant article, but if Mandelson did become Prime Minister as described, he wouldn't have been elected by anybody, so not all that progressive a move for Britain.

And the labour party is unlikely to form the next government (unless they have a miracle) so he doesn't have much chance of being elected Prime Minister anytime soon.

Though i do think Britain is ready for an LGBT prime minister.