Ireland's next prime minister Leo Varadkar to break ground on age, gay, and ethnic identities

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      In a leap of social progress, Ireland's next prime minster is set to make history in the country on numerous fronts based on his identity.

      Leo Varadkar will become the next Irish prime minister after he was voted the leader of the country's governing party, Fine Gael, a liberal-conservative and Christian democratic party. He will replace outgoing PM Enda Kenny, who held the position since 2002 until he stepped down in May.

      Varadkar came out as gay in 2015, thus making him the republic's first openly gay PM.

      As the Dublin-born son of an Indian father from Mumbai and an Irish mother, he will also be the first PM from an ethnic minority.

      As if that's not all, at 38 years old, Varadkar will also become the country's youngest prime minister.

      He became a doctor before he was elected to Dáil Éireann (Irish parliament) in 2007.

      Leo Varadkar T.D.

      Varadkar will be confirmed as taoiseach (prime minister) when Dáil Éireann reconvenes on June 13 after a break.

      In May 2015, Ireland became the first country to grant same-sex marriage by popular vote.

      Varadkar will join a small list of openly gay or lesbian prime ministers that has included Iceland's Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, Belgium's Elio Di Rupio, and Luxembourg's current PM Xavier Bettel.

      White House

      Meanwhile over in the U.S., the White House was criticized for sexism and homophobia after posting a group photo on Facebook on May 27 that depicts Melania Trump posing with the partners of world leaders at the Royal Palace in Brussels, Belgium.

      Every person in the shot was identified with the exception of Bettel's husband, Gauthier Destenay, who is the First Gentleman of Luxembourg and was the sole male in the picture.

      The photo caption has since been edited to include Destenay's name.