An environment minister in Germany, Barbara Hendricks, came out as a lesbian, making her the first openly gay cabinet minister in the country.
In an interview with a local newspaper, Rheinische Post, Minister Hendricks came out by revealing that she would “be spending New Year’s Eve with her life partner.”
Although this was the first time Hendricks came out as a lesbian, she has been an outspoken advocate for the LGBT community within parliament.
Hendricks’ coming out was received positively, and the LGBT news outlet queer.de congratulated Hendricks by expressing the importance of coming out.
“Every coming out helps to build acceptance of same-sex relationships,” queer.de stated on their website.
At age 62, Hendricks stands as the first openly lesbian cabinet minister as well as the first gay member of the “grand coalition,” the governing group of main political parties: Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats.
The Catholic Hendricks has been a been a member of the Social Democrats for twenty years and has made history by becoming the first openly gay female in the cabinet.
Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle was the first openly gay member of Germany’s previous ruling government.