A Transgender First in Belgium

Transgender woman Petra De Sutter has been announced as Belgium's deputy prime minister.

De Sutter is a gynecologist and fertility expert at the University of Ghent, and was elected to the European Parliament last year where she was chair of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection.

She’s known for her activism around sexual and reproductive health and on trans issues.

Belgian Green party leader Meyrem Almaci announced De Sutter’s appointment today, as the new government was formed following several days of intense talks.