Official calls Finnish president a lesbian
BY Advocate.com Editors
March 20 2003 12:00 AM ET
Tony Halme, a former professional boxer and a member of the Finland parliament, caused a bit of an uproar Tuesday when he called Finland's president Tarja Halonen a lesbian, Agence France-Presse reports. When the right-winger was asked during a radio interview if he would like to form his own parliamentary group, Halme said, "We have a lesbian as president and me as parliamentarian. Everything seems possible." He later apologized to the president in an open letter.
Halonen, who was elected as president in 2000, used to be the chairwoman of SETA, a Finnish gay and lesbian rights group. She is married to a man, however, and says that she is heterosexual.
- WATCH: Obama Bundler, HRC Founder Terry Bean Arrested on Sex Crimes Charges
- #TBT: They Died in the Closet
- Smoke Signals' Gay Actor Turned Doctor Lands New Career-Defining Role
- 6 Bad Signs of a Good Relationship
- Transgender Pioneer and Stone Butch Blues Author Leslie Feinberg Has Died
- These 48 Trans Women and Men Changed the World