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Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights: Transgender woman named deputy Belgian prime minister


Deputy Belgian Prime Minister Petra De Sutter. (Photo by Sparrow (麻雀); Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International License)

A lawmaker in Belgium last week became Europe’s highest-ranking
transgender politician.

The Brussels Times reported Prime Minister Alexander De Croo named Petra De Sutter as one of his government’s deputy prime ministers. The newspaper said De Croo also appointed De Sutter, a member of Groen, the Flemish Green Party, as his civil service minister.

King Philippe on Thursday swore in De Croo’s new government.

De Croo and De Sutter are both from Belgium’s Dutch-speaking
region. De Sutter is also a former member of the European Parliament.

“I am proud that in Belgium and in most of Europe your
gender identity does not define you as a person and is a non-issue,”
tweeted De Sutter on Sunday. “I hope that my appointment as minister and
deputy prime minister can trigger the debate in countries where this is not yet
the case.”

De Sutter ended her tweet with the hashtag “fight
transphobia.”

Carla Antonelli, a trans member of the Spanish Socialist Worker’s Party who sits in the Madrid Assembly, is among those who congratulated De Sutter. ILGA-Europe Senior Policy Officer Cianán Russell echoed Antonelli.

“Congratulations, Petra De Sutter, for constantly
showing us a path in which trans people can be people first, valuable as whole
persons, with transness as just one piece in the whole,” said Russell in
their own tweet.

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