Sweden appoints first transgender minister


Published: 2021-12-01 17:56

Last Updated: 2024-06-14 21:00

Sweden appoints first transgender minister
Sweden appoints first transgender minister

Tuesday, Sweden's new Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson named Lina Axelsson Kihlblom, as her cabinet's Schools Minister. Axelsson Kihlblom became the first transgender person to become a government minister in the country.

The 51-year-old former school principal and lawyer was added to the Social Democratic government by Andersson.

In her 2015 book “Will You Love Me Now?”, Axelsson Kihlblom described growing up as a girl in a boy’s body and her physical transition to a woman’s body, which was completed when she was 25.

“Trans people have always existed, they will always exist and we no longer feel ashamed. We are the new normal,” she wrote in an article published by SVT.

This came a year after the appointment of Europe’s first transgender minister.

Last year, in October, a member of the European Parliament, Petra De Sutter, was named Belgium’s deputy prime minister and became the first transgender minister in Europe.

Notably, Audrey Tang from Taiwan is considered to have become the world’s first openly transgender government minister in 2016.