Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic announced the birth of her first child.
Brnabic’s office announced the prime minister’s partner, Milica Djurdjic, gave birth to a boy named Igor, according to the BBC.
"Ana Brnabic is one of the first prime ministers whose partner has given birth while in office... and the first in the world in a same-sex couple,” reads a statement provided from her office to media.
The head of state delayed a schedule trip to Brussels, where she expected to discuss strategic plans for Serbia to join the European Union.
Brnabic in 2017 became Serbia’s first LGBTQ head of state, a surprising move in a country that still doesn’t legally recognize same-sex marriage. She had been President Aleksandar Vučić’s choice to succeed him as prime minister and was appointed to the post. She’s also Serbia’s first female prime minister. The move surprised many on the world stage considering homophobia is common in the Balkans.
Djurdjic, a doctor, met Brnabic at a bar in Belgrade, according to the BBC. She became pregnant through artificial insemination.
Lat May, Brnabic spoke out about a cabinet minister who tried to ban a book about sex-sex parents, My Rainbow Family.
Nenad Popović said “We must stand in the way of those who want to convince us that it's okay for ‘Roko to have two moms, while Ana has two dads,’ ” he tweeted in May, according to TV outlet B92.
Brnabic disagreed. “His job is to make sure Roko, Stefan, Milos, and any other child stays in Serbia, instead of dealing with who their parents are,” she said. “That statement is not fully in the spirit of tolerance that this government of Serbia wants to promote.”