Gene Expression

So, I just found out that Sayyed Qaboos bin Sa’id Al ‘Bu Sa’id, the Sultan and autocrat of Oman, is a homosexual. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! But that got me thinking, are there any other homosexual heads of state* out there? Please post a reference if you submit a candidate.

* Prime Ministers count in a parliamentary democracy.

Comments

  1. #1 TGGP
    December 31, 2007

    Wasn’t Maggie Thatcher preceded by one? That’s all I can think of (somewhat) recently.

  2. #2 razib
    December 31, 2007

    yeah, i want someone alive and being head of state now. arafat would have been a candidate for someone in the past.

  3. #3 Nebularry
    January 1, 2008

    Well, one thing is certain . . . THERE ARE NO HOMOSEXUALS IN IRAN!!

  4. #4 razib
    January 1, 2008

    …like you have here….

  5. #5 csrster
    January 1, 2008

    I was going to offer you the President of Finland, but after reading her Wikipedia entry it appears that although a tireless campaigner for LGBT rights, she is in fact happily married to a man.

    TGGP is thinking of former British PM (and Thatcher’s predecessor as Tory leader, not as PM) Ted Heath. Even since his death in 2005, his sexuality has remained a very grey area with no sexual partners of either sex having been positively identified. Interestingly, during his lifetime it was widely believed that he was gay – something even hinted at in one Monty Python sketch.

  6. #6 Jason Malloy
    January 1, 2008

    Homosexuals appear to be underrepresented in leadership. For instance only about 0.30% of university presidents are gay.

    This very likely is related to prejudice, but also abilities and preferences. Homosexual males are typically twice as underrepresented than women in occupations that require high levels of dominance. This includes law, sports, business, and military, and follows their stated preferences.

    On the other hand, homosexuals appear to comprise up to 50% (!) of those in many creative fields. (even Qaboos heart appears more invested in such interests)

  7. #7 Alan
    January 1, 2008

    Fair number throughout history, but none other than Qaboos come to mind at the moment. On the other hand, the mayors of Paris and Berlin are both gay, as is a candidate for mayor of London (former top cop). And New York had a gay mayor Ed Koch(not out). And there’s a gay candidate for Senate in NC right now. So, don’t think there’s any difference in political ambition (gay vs. straight), more of just a numbers game and societal acceptance of democratically elected gay leaders.

  8. #8 David B
    January 2, 2008

    Apart from Ted Heath, at least two previous British Prime Ministers – William Pitt the Younger and Lord Rosebery – were the subject of rumours about their sexuality. But nothing was definitely proved. Some men are just lowly sexed, so the absence of apparent interest in women doesn’t necessarily mean they are homosexual.

  9. #9 Flip
    January 4, 2008

    Bush is strongly rumored to be bi-sexual as is the female head of New Zealand.

  10. #10 Sandgroper
    January 5, 2008

    New Zealand women are interesting. They are reported to have a lot more different sex partners than New Zealand men.

    That can only mean that they have sex with a lot of foreigners.

    Or sheep.

    Or maybe the women are with the foreigners because the men are all out with the sheep…..

  11. #11 Site Ekle
    January 5, 2008

    All life is a lie there !

  12. #12 Walt Smith
    April 8, 2009

    The PM of Iceland is a lesbian.

  13. #13 Incognito
    August 22, 2009

    The King of Cambodia and the king of Marocco are homosexual according to several sources.

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