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Lesbian wins top political party post in Canada

Our friends to the North make the U.S. look like knuckle-draggers. Again.

Allison Brewer has become the first out lesbian to lead a political party in North America. Brewer won a first ballot victory to become leader of the New Democratic Party in New Brunswick. If her party wins the next provincial election she would become the first out premier in Canada.

Calling it “an historic day for the lesbian and gay community”, she said she intends to lead her party to a majority government. “I will make my presence felt and I want Bernard Lord and Shawn Graham to know that I am on my way,” she said after her win. Lord is the leader of New Brunswick’s Conservative Party and the sitting premier. Graham is the Liberal leader. Both are ahead of the New Democrats in the polls.

Following her win, Brewer’s 20 year old son gave her a hug and declared, “You’re my leader. You will always be my leader.”

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