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Photo: Reykjavik Mayor In Drag At Gay Pride

The start of gay pride in Reykjavik saw that city's mayor show participants of the events just how comfortable he is in a wig, makeup and a floral print dress. Mayor Jon Gnarr, a comedian who was voted into office just two months ago, showed up in drag and joked to those in the crowd: "This is what we get for voting for a clown in elections."

Gnarr's performance continues to display the extreme progressiveness of Iceland. As you know, Parliament introduced marriage equality to the country earlier this summer and soon after Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir, the world's first openly gay head of government, married her long-time partner, Jonina Leosdottir.

One more photo of Gnarr in drag AFTER THE JUMP.


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  1. It's wonderful to see when government officials can let their hair down, so to speak, and enjoy festivities like this. I'm really happy for Icelanders.

    In too many other countries and towns, gay pride preparations for a mayor means making sure there is adequate security force in riot gear to protect participants. And in far too many places gay citizens still can't celebrate openly at all.

    Posted by: sparks | Aug 7, 2010 7:01:11 AM

  2. We need more government officials like Jon Gnarr in setts of power!

    Posted by: Dawnell_do | Aug 7, 2010 9:17:51 AM

  3. He makes an attractive woman. Reminds me of that lady who used to do the Palmolive dishwashing liquid commercials and would say "You're soaking in it." (I may be the only person here old enough to remember those).

    Posted by: Joehio | Aug 7, 2010 10:26:03 AM

  4. Wasn't the Palmolive lady named Madge?

    Posted by: John Normile | Aug 7, 2010 10:45:23 AM

  5. I envy them. Canada used to be that cool before herr harper, maybe we will be again one day.

    Posted by: Tone | Aug 7, 2010 12:41:43 PM

  6. Correction:
    Jóhanna Sigurdadóttir is PRIME MINISTER, not president, That would be a man, Ólafur Ragnag Grímsson.

    Posted by: Iris | Aug 7, 2010 2:50:50 PM

  7. Iceland FTW.

    Posted by: Paul | Aug 7, 2010 6:38:17 PM

  8. He seems like a good guy but is he going as a lesbian for gay pride? I'm not sure how a man dressing in drag is showing support for the gays. Oh.. wait.. I get it. It's because all gay men like dressing up as women. I forgot.

    Posted by: lookyloo | Aug 8, 2010 3:56:27 AM

  9. Reykjavík Gay Pride is about celebrating diversity and breaking down the arbitrary rules society has set on how the sexes are supposed to act and present themselves. By appearing in drag, Jón is doing his part in that battle. Reykjavík Gay Pride was attended by 80.000 people this year. The country's population is 320.000. That's 25% of the entire population. Suffice it to say, the majority of participants is not gay or lesbian.

    Posted by: Kári Emil | Aug 8, 2010 3:55:58 PM

  10. Jon Gnarr on CNN, in Drag.

    Posted by: Dori Sig | Aug 8, 2010 4:14:33 PM

  11. Thank you mayor for helping to reinforce gay stereotypes [sarcasm]

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 8, 2010 4:21:54 PM

  12. JOEHIO...

    *raises hand, remembering "Madge", and her beginnings in the mid-sixties*

    Posted by: aleabeth | Aug 9, 2010 8:26:58 AM

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