Petra De Sutter, a Green Party member of parliament, has been chosen as Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister. The transgender gynecologist will be the minister for public administration and public enterprises.
The country has been without a ruling government for 16 months. The new government will consist of a seven-party coalition.
De Sutter’s experience as a doctor and fertility expert has informed her activism around sexual health and reproductive freedom as well as trans issues.
“Last night I gave the green light for the new government with 1,000 other members, now I can do whatever it takes to relaunch our country and work on a new future for all Belgians together with that government!” De Sutter tweeted last night after news broke that a government had been formed.
“Incredibly grateful for the confidence I have received from my party!”
The government, led by Flemish liberal Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, was sworn in by King Philippe shortly after formation.
De Sutter has emphasized that being transgender is only one part of who she is as a person and a politician.
“I don’t want to be reduced to my transgender past, it’s [only] one part of my identity,” she said last year. “I have many others. I want people to talk about me because of my work, because of my political actions.”
Ongelooflijk dankbaar voor het vertrouwen dat ik krijg van mijn partij!
Gisteravond gaf ik met 1000 andere leden groen licht voor de nieuwe regering, nu mag ik samen met die regering doen wat nodig is om ons land te herlanceren en werken aan een nieuwe toekomst voor alle Belgen!
— Petra De Sutter (@pdsutter) October 1, 2020
🇧🇪 Le gouvernement a prêté serment.
Avec une politique de crise sensée, nous sommes parés pour protéger toutes les personnes en difficulté mais aussi donner la confiance et l'élan aux personnes qui veulent aller de l'avant.#begov pic.twitter.com/oZNkJ0noDG
— Alexander De Croo (@alexanderdecroo) October 1, 2020