Croatia Sees First Openly Gay Candidate

Croatia’s small Croatian Bell party has put forward the nation’s first openly gay political candidate.

Vinko Kalinic wants to represent the northern region of Zagorje in Parliament.
According to, Kalinic is a reporter, songwriter, fisherman and former intelligence officer and seminarian.
“I came out of the closet exclusively as rebellion and [in] solidarity with those who were discriminated against and humiliated, and I state that with pride everywhere I go,” he told Javno. “My goal in politics is to, by coming out of the closet, have the sexual orientation of people become a completely irrelevant issue.”

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