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Finland Could Have A Gay President!

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And it could be this guy!

Finland is currently having a presidential election and one of their candidates is Green League candidate Pekka Haavisto, who is openly gay.

He will go up against Sauli Niinistö in the election's second round, which occurs on February 5.

This is a huge step for equality - something that's not new to Finland. The country currently has a female president in office, Tarja Halonen.

We could certainly learn a thing or two about presidential candidates in the U.S….

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38 comments to “Finland Could Have A Gay President!”



  1. 1

    So you don't care about the man's politics, just because he's gay?



  2. 2

    Re: thebigboot – Ummm what? Did you refer to the fact that he represents the Green League? Because that isn't actually the big point here. The man is simply brilliant in every aspect. The fact that he is gay just tells that things are getting a little different since Finland isn't the most open minded country towards gays (well except Adam Lambert since he's dating a Finn lol)



  3. 3

    This would be progress, no matter his views (which I am not familiar with). Someone has to be the first.



  4. 4

    Re: 0rastus

    And you think Perez actually understands that? When his main thing is OMGBBQ HE'S GAY SMILE FACE I doubt he'd even care what the man represented as long as he was gay.



  5. 5

    Haavisto is a great man and he would make a great president regardless of his sexuality. He got my vote on the first round and he will definitely get it on the second one as well.



  6. 6

    Re: thebigboot – I don't see anything in this particular article that indicates Perez is posting this ONLY because Haavisto is gay nor is there any over enthusiastic comments. Why do you even read this blog if it bothers you that Perez is (only naturally) interested in everything that is an improvement to the rights of the gay community?



  7. 7

    this is exactly the same in Ireland, the last two presidents were both female and in the last election last year there was an openly gay man- David Norris in the race, a favourite for a long time, the fact he eventually lost had nothing to do with his homosexuality, purely his politics - which is how it should be



  8. 8

    It's not that Perez doesn't care. It's just nice to see that gay people are considered equal in other parts of the world, when we are hardly considered equal in our own country. It's inspiring. Try and understand, people.



  9. 9

    My b/f's from Finland so he's always telling me about current events.It amazes me how far ahead they are verses America in the sense they work to help their own people & their educational system blows ours out of the water



  10. 10

    Re: charlie134 – Yeah, sure. In catholic Ireland the fact that he was gay had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that he lost. And just like the fact that this guy _isn't going to_ get elected has nothing to do with that little thing. Because we're all just that open minded.



  11. 11

    This might not be unique in Finland as current fem president has been active member of LGBT!!! lot of romors about it…



  12. 12

    I'm from Finland, and I'm gonna vote for him. He's a good man. :–)



  13. 13

    He is a good man. He doesn't say a bad word about anyone.



  14. 14

    We also have an other man to be chosen, do not forget!



  15. 15

    It's the people in Finland The President must have his first concern. What do you think of the candidates? Do not be too narrow in thinking; there are so much more in both of them. Niinistö has his backup from finnish people through the country. We have had so much of the same so far, 30 years; we need fresh air now!



  16. 16

    Who cares who he sleeps with? Being gay has nothing to do with his capabilities as President, and America has had multiple gay presidents before. I know James Buchanan had to be gay, and you even posted there was a book coming about Nixon being gay.



  17. 17

    Re: adsffdas – The thing is, he's already voted for the second round. In Finland the system is that to become the President, you must get over 50% of the public's votes, and if that doesn't happen in the first round, the two most popular candidates go to the second round. Pekka Haavisto came in second, which means that people have already voted for him (and the starting number of the candidates was eight). Whether or not he gets elected does partly depend on him being gay but mostly on his politics. In his campaign, he's come across people who say "I don't mind you being gay but you're Green…" I want to believe that Haavisto will be the next President, but even if he won't, this is a big victory for equality.



  18. 18

    I myself would like to thank Perez Hilton for bringing this up for discussion in the U.S as well.

    Right now we have an interesting atmosphere here in Finland: Even those people who have voted for a party that has a reputation of being a party for only rednecks and racists are now voting for Haavisto, simply because he stands for all kinds of minorities and acceptance. Those rednecks need acceptance too and they are a minority. Another reason for this could also be that the other guy is a money driven capitalist who once voted against criminalizing domestic rape. Thank heavens enough politicians voted for criminalizing.

    Although I don't think a persons sexuality is relevant whilst choosing a president, I would be super proud to be a Finn if we'd be the first country to elect a homosexual president. That would send a message of acceptance and equality everywhere!

    We've had a marvelous female president for 12 years and I hope we'll have an as marvelous president for the next years to come. Gay or not, I hope it'll be Pekka Haavisto.



  19. 19

    This man has been some kind of phenomenon at 2012 Election for President in Finland…:) his popularity wasn't expected to be anything like this in this election, Finland wasn't supposed to be ready to have a president who is in registered relationship with a man…
    But he has been huge success.. Social media has also played big role in his campaign.

    He laughed at the first election night , when he had been elected to the second round, that he doesn't have next to any money left for the 2nd phase of his campaign (which is probably true since they had very low budget for his campaign to begin with- the other guy, Niinistö had 4 times bigger budget than he had), but he just said that he doesn't need that much because he has so nuch active ppl helping him towards becoming elected.. (and kept thanking the amazing people working for his campaign)…

    By the next morning he had raised 100 000 eur..(while sleeping!!:)). He had just gained huge amount of new supporters and most importantly, voters, who wanted all to support his campaign with small donations.. I think we may have a shot.. :) )
    I've never seen anything like this before…

    It's time for change.



  20. 20

    He is gay, so what.That is not "the thing", at least for me .He has right attitude, brilliant ideology and he speaks for all, not just for them who already are privileged. My vote is going to him both rounds.



  21. 21

    I would like to note that in Finland, we have absolutely too many people who still live in the old days, thinking that if you are gay, it's not good and that's the thing with my parents for example. They think it is a problem and also because Haavisto has a partner who happens to have done some drinking and driving and stuff like that which are not to be taken lightly but he is still just a person like everyone else is. He just happens to be gay and that shouldn't be the reason why people won't vote Haavisto. I think he is a great man and a great inspiration so I will vote for him again. Hopefully over 50% of Finns will do the same!

  22. JayeL says – reply to this


    22

    Well yeah I voted Haavisto for the first round and I'll vote him for the second too.
    It's not that his gay or not. There were no better opponents.
    Few of my friends, I mean, lot's of my friends are a bit homofobic
    and one of them said that if Haavisto gets elected he will move to Kanada. :)



  23. 23

    Havisto Has not completed examination of any substance. He has no degree what so ever. None. Zero. Nada! He's just a Student!
    If this guy's really runnig to be the next president of Finland, it tells me a lot about the finns. Those people appreciate high educated people, but in this case it seems to be enough to be a lame gay to be in that position. Oh, give me a break. What a fu****ng joke!



  24. 24

    Re: dangintukad – Haavisto didn't complete his studies because he got swept away into politics. His CV is extensive and he's one of the most accomplished and well-known Finns in the field of foreign policy.



  25. 25

    This is just stupid. WHY would we want him as President? The President of Finland doesnt have so much power anymore, the presidents main objectives is foreign policy, represent the country, and to act as Director General for the Finninsh defence forces. This Haavisto guys is a student he has never been in the army and been editor-in-chief for some magazines while his opponent Niinistö is a Bachelor of law jurisprudence and a judge, he is Finninsh defence forces Captain in reserve, and worked in Finlands Parliament for many years. It would be a shame if Haavisto would be elected…



  26. 26

    It is nice to have a candidate who is a little different.

    We are more open minded here in Finland, and I like it!

    Haavisto is a good alternative as a president.

    I think Niinistö would cut more from the poor people, and the rich would be richer. I don't like it!



  27. 27

    Re: TheFinn
    The fact that they mention only college in his education part is not that he wouldn't have studied in university. He just didn't graduate, so they only mention the last school he has graduated from . What Haavisto lacks in education, he gains in experience. Haavisto has for example worked for the United Nations and their Enviroment Program as a researcher and a negotiator . He has also worked for WWF's board, parliament's broad of human rights and the board of church foreing aid board. Infact he was the founder of the broad of human rigts in Finnish parilament amd it's first chairman. He has visited and helped in several crisis areas (Balkan, Afghanistan, Iraq , Palestinians, Sudan and Liberia to name a few), worked in few commitees in the parilament and been active in the social policy.
    In fact he has more



  28. 28

    Re: NancyKwan
    * experience in the foreing policy than the other candidate . Do your research properly!



  29. 29

    Re: Nemosa
    In foreign policy there's no one better than Mr. Pavo Vayrynen. He is a Doctor of Social Sciences and Adjunct Professor of International Relations. His foreign policy experience is broader than any other Finnish politicians ever had or will have. His EU-parliament experience is also very large and yet a gay student should be better.
    With all the respect; you're not seeing the big picture here!



  30. 30

    Re: TheFinn – Haavisto's CV is just as extensive as Niinistö's, but in a field that actually matters - foreign policy, as you said yourself. And concerning army, like half of Finland's presidents haven't been in the army. But Haavisto is one of the few Finns who has received a medal of honor from the Finnish Defence Forces.



  31. 31

    Re: dangintukad – I didn't say Haavisto was best, only one of the best. Definitely better than Niinistö.



  32. 32

    Re: NancyKwan – Your right, Haavisto has done good and respectful thinks in hes career, like the guy myself, its just stupid to choose him as President as Niinistö has better qualities to be leader of a country. Yes maby we dont need a triple star general as president but imo as a head of defence forces its a plus to know some military strategies. Haavisto would be better of president of something else, and continue his work with enviroment and human rights. Not much time to do that when your representing a country. If Haavisto would be elected and would be president it would probably open more doors for him to do even better after hes presidental career.



  33. 33

    In finland we have good people and not so good.. Haavisto is good :D
    But we have on e women she is Johanna Tukiainen she is big liar. She He thinks that because of him we were separated when the former Minister for Foreign Affairs had sent text messages to the woman. Well, now syyhän was quite different. Now this woman is trying to keep the headlines at all costs. He was vacationing in Thailand and then write a blog, where Mickey Rourke claims to have taken with him when contacted would like to meet Johanna. Johanna was asked that how you present your girlfriend? It is not a good relationship, but his promoaa flick of his advantages? WTF? This woman talks about a lot of shit .. It would be nice to get him to lie. Does anyone have information about what Mickey Rourke was 21 january - 24 january 2012?



  34. 34

    Hello! I am one of the Green League workers in the administration in my city, and the fact that I support Haavisto has nothing to do with the fact that he is a gay neither that he is a green- He is the most proficient candidate of the 8 that there were because of his strong experience of foreign politics and peace work, practically in the crisis areas - not to forget his modest personality that does not get provocated and does not say a bad word about his competitors. His values are human- his 3 core values are human rights, democracy and environmental care. This is what I think can create a base for sustainable development.

    Him being a gay probly still takes away some votes (maybe brings some, too) but IMO that shouldn't be an issue.

    World will change little by little and human attitudes will change, but there must be some pioneers.

    Greetings,

    L. T



  35. 35

    Re: dangintukad – Does it really matter do you gain your knowledge and military medal of merit in the bench of an UNI, or in practical work including in the parliament, party leadership in the EU and peace work on minefields?



  36. 36

    Re: TheFinn – I'm pretty sure the current president of Finland, mrs. Tarja Halonen, hasn't served a day in the army either. (; If Finland ever goes to war, the president will give his/her position as the head of defense forces to a person who is actually trained for that. That happened the last time Finland went to war, you know.



  37. 37

    Today Pekka Haavisto's campaign fund has reached 500,000 euros… majority of that money is small donations from regular people from all around the country. Pre-election has started, it has been more busy on the first day than ever before in the history of Finland's 2-phase presidental election. It isn't because of Niinistö, I can tell you that much.
    Haavisto has managed to gather thousands of volunteers to do free campaign work in less than few weeks, more coming in every day… people in wide range are supporting him ; old, young, democrats, coalition party members(part of them), gay, straight, green, EVERYONE… :) I'm so happy if we manage to get him as our new president, because he's the best for that position. I'm very glad if we can be a part of setting example to the world, that sexual orientation isn't and can't be an obstacle on your way, when you're qualified to the position. We must stop discrimination , TOGETHER



  38. 38

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