Latvia's foreign minister, Edgars Rinkēvičs, publicly revealed that he is gay in a tweet on Thursday:
I proudly announce I'am gay... Good luck all of you...— Edgars Rinkēvičs (@edgarsrinkevics) November 6, 2014
This is significant. According to Marriage Equality USA, Latvia is one of a handful of EU countries with a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. In October, its parliament advanced a bill banning sex ed curricula from teaching that same-sex marriages are equal to opposite-sex marriages, and there are plans for a Russia-style bill banning "gay propaganda" in the works. So a top official like this coming out like this is a major political statement.
Meanwhile, in Latvia's eastern neighbor Russia, mobs with tacit government sanction assault gay citizens at will.