American gays aren’t the only ones who’ve been grinning over the re-election of President Obama last Tuesday. We spoke to prominent queers from all corners of Europe who have almost universally praised the election result, pointing out the Obama Administration’s groundbreaking commitment to international LGBT rights.
The sole Debbie Downer? British activist and provocateur Peter Tatchell, who took the opportunity to remind us of Guantanamo, the war in Afghanistan and the ongoing Bradley Manning trial (not that any of those would’ve had brighter futures under a Romney administration).
Here are election reflections from eleven notable gay Europeans, in their own (in some cases translated) words:
Bertrand Delanoë (above), openly gay mayor of Paris, via his website: “[Obama’s victory] maintains that the United States is on the path to a more just society. Commending the work done by Barack Obama in his first term, I wish him to continue to assert his vision of a more just and more free America during the next four years.”
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