By Edward Kdonian
— Edgars Rinkēvičs (@edgarsrinkevics) November 6, 2014
In an honest and brave moment of self-respect and personal pride, or is it gay pride, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs came out of the closet on twitter. While it’s not clear just what made this particular Thursday such a good day for him to come out, I think he deserves a shout out for doing so. As one of the few European countries still holding strong to a ban on same sex marriage, this pronouncement is proving to be a powerful rallying point for Latvia’s gay rights movement. Latvia not only has a ban on same sex marriage but it also has specific bans on teaching that same sex couples are equal to opposite gender pairings, and with talk of an anti-gay propaganda bill in the future, having a member of the government stand up proudly and tweet his sexuality from the rooftops is more important than ever. Good luck to you too, Edgars!