TORONTO, Canada -- Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, the former prime minister of Iceland who made history as the first openly lesbian head of government in the world, gave an amazing keynote speech this weekend at the WorldPride Human Rights Conference 2014 in Toronto, Canada.
Sigurðardóttir poignantly, and regrettably, admitted that this was her first-ever speech in front of an LGBT audience.
She discussed the challenges, difficulties, joy and triumphs of her personal and professional lives, drawing substantial applause when she said: "In the end, love conquers all."
Sigurðardóttir also urged conference attendees to "challenge the prejudice, ignorance and cruelty that queer people have had contend with through the centuries and have cost many people their lives ..."
She condemned nations that are persecuting LGBT people, and demanded that the United Nations take action against countries "that cruelly disregard the basic human rights of queer people."
Using research showing that 5% to 10% of the population is LGBT, Sigurðardóttir said that data would show that there are 350 million to 750 million LGBT people living on Planet Earth -- equal to Europe's current population.
"And the question is: Don't these hundreds of millions of people deserve that the global community stand united in the fight for their freedom and human rights? Of course they do!"
Sigurðardóttir said people who support equality should not rest easy until all citizens of the world have been granted those rights.
"After all, love is love," she said.