In 2009, Iceland voted into office their first female prime minister, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, who simultaneously became the world’s first openly gay head of government. LP says Sigurðardóttir’s election shows that the LGBTQ community has come a long way -- even if further in other countries than the United States.
“That’s such a huge step in the world,” she says.
In her own touring experience, LP says she’s experienced “the brighter side” of the globe, with people from all over -- including “countries that people are scared of” -- accepting her and her music with open arms. She admits that it may be a bit naïve, but she has an optimistic view of the countries and people she encounters.
“I think it’s a shame how the world runs politically and media-wise … it kind of accounts for a small amount of people sometimes,” she says. “There’s a lot more people that want to be inclusive and want to be happy.”
Sigurðardóttir’s election has been empowering to homosexual people across the world, and while LP believes “we’re a ways away from that,” in the current political climate, she is making a global impact in her own way -- she treasures hearing from fans who find her inspirational.
“I have kids writing me all the time from like Russia, and from Turkey, Iran, being like ‘I had the courage to come out to my parents today because of you,’ and it’s incredible,” she says.