Ana Brnabic is set to be Serbia’s new Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government, and she happens to be gay. Her appointment would make her Serbia’s first openly gay member of the cabinet, and Prime-Minister Designate Aleksandar Vucic said he, frankly, doesn’t care about her sexual orientation. It is expected that the new cabinet will be presented to the Serbian National Assembly today.
Vucic explained: “Ana Brnabic and I spoke also about that aspect. She is not hiding it, she speaks about it proudly. She is so nice and charming, and she asked me, she said, ‘if that bothers you – I’m sure everyone will be talking about it now’. I replied, ‘I’m interested in what you can do, and I know how professional and hardworking you are’.”
He continued: “If you can tell me something bad about her professional resume, tell me. I’m only interested in what her result will be in the difficult job ahead of her… The woman has exceptional energy and I am very much looking forward to working with her.”
And Brnabic recently told the AP that she “would prefer to get it out in the open right now and get it over with, so that afterward I can focus on my work…. Hopefully this will blow over in three or four days, and then I won’t be known as the gay minister, I’ll be known as the minister of public administration and local government.”
In addition to the eponymous responsibilities of this position, Ana will also lead efforts related to human and minority rights, EU integrations and e-governance, among other important duties.
Congratulations, Ana and good luck!