A list of the current openly gay and lesbian politicians around the world.
Australian Minister Ian Hunter and Leith Semmens kiss during a marriage ceremony in the Pabellon de los Artes center in the town of Jun, southern Spain, Dec. 19, 2012. Ian Hunter, the social inclusion minister for the state of South Australia, married his longtime partner Wednesday in southern Spain, two months after his country voted down a proposal to enact same sex marriage legislation. Hunter, 52, is believed to be the first sitting member of an Australian legislative body to marry a gay partner. Hunter said he was disappointed that his marriage to artist Leith Semmens won't be legal in Australia but said the two decided they couldn't wait for their country to approve a gay marriage law. (AP Photo/Sergio Torres)
Guido Westerwelle, Germany's new vice-chancellor and foreign minister, is very popular and openly gay. And nobody in Germany cares. Guido Westerwelle, right, celebrates his party's victory with his boyfriend in Berlin on Sept 27, 2009.
After Iceland's economy collapsed in October 2008, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir takes over as Prime Minister of the small (pop. 320,000) nation of Iceland. And she becomes the world's first openly gay female head of government.
On 14 September 2010, Hon Penny Wong was sworn in as Minister for Finance and Deregulation in Canberra. Penny Wong is lesbian, and was the first sitting member of the Australian Labor Party to come out while still in parliament.