San Marino - the world's oldest republic - has named the world's first openly gay head of state.
Paolo Rondelli - the 58-year-old former ambassador to the US - has been appointed as one of two captains regent, the head of state of San Marino.
Founded in the year 301, San Marino is a medieval micro-state - located amidst the hills of central Italy. San Marino is home to 35,000 people.
As well as excelling in his political career, Rondelli has been a consistent advocate for LGBTQ equality.
While there are already LGBTQ heads of government - Xavier Bettel in Luxembourg and Ana Brnabic in Serbia - Rondelli is the first openly gay head of state.
What's life like for LGBTQ people in San Marino?
What’s life like for LGBTQ people in San Marino? Let’s take a look at some of the key equality indicators.
Is homosexuality legal in San Marino?
Yes. Same-sex sexual activity was decriminalised in 2004.
Are there anti-discrimination protections in place for LGBTQ people in San Marino?
Yes. Protections against discrimination on the grounds of sexuality have been in place since 2008.
Is there Marriage Equality in San Marino?
Not quite. Since 2018, there has been legal recognition of same-sex relationships, but it’s not quite Marriage Equality.
What’s life like for LGBTQ people in San Marino?
San Marino population is small, and the country has been slow to make progress on LGBTQ Equality. However, much has been achieved in recent years and the appointment of a gay head of state is a huge boost for visibility.