EU’s first gay president – level 1

13-07-2023 07:00

Edgars Rinkevics is the new president of Latvia. This is important because he is the first gay president in the EU.

The president’s job is mostly for official events. But he can also say no to laws and ask people to vote on things. Rinkevics openly tells people that he is gay in 2014. He always says LGBT people should have the same rights as anybody else. Gay people cannot marry in Latvia. But they can legally live together.

Rinkevics says that he will help Ukraine in its war against Russia. He also says that people in Latvia are not all the same. He wants to make things better for everyone.

Difficult words: gay (a man who likes men), LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people), legally (possible by the rules of a country).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What actions has President Rinkevics taken to create a social environment that supports LGBT rights in Latvia?


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