Gay dating sverige
What is it like to be gay in Sweden the other 51 weeks of the year?
The Stockholm Pride parade usually attracts around 45,000 participants and 400,000 spectators, one of several signs that the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community is a welcomed part of Swedish society.
But it would be smug to say that there is no room for improvement, regardless of rankings.
Transgender rights is one such area, according to the RFSL, the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Rights.
The national Church of Sweden, however, has taken a clear stance for love in all its forms.
Shortly after gender-neutral marriage laws came in effect in 2009, the Church of Sweden permitted same-sex ceremonies.
1944 Homosexual relations are legalised 1972 Sweden becomes the first country in the world to legally allow gender change 1979 The National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) decides homosexuality is no longer a mental disorder 1987 Ban on discrimination against homosexuals by businesses and government officials takes effect 1988 Homosexuals included in the cohabitation law 1995 The Registered Partnership Act (domestic partnership law) passed 1999 Hom O, an ombudsman for LGBT persons, is established (later brought in under DO) 2003 Constitutional change to outlaw hate speech based on sexual orientation 2003 Adoption rights for same-sex couples 2005 Insemination rights for lesbian couples 2009 Transgender identity and expressions included in anti-discrimination act 2009 Gender-neutral marriage law in effect 2011 Prohibition of discrimination based on sexual orientation is added to the Swedish constitution 2013 Mandatory sterilisation stricken from law regarding change of legal gender 2019 Stronger legal protection against hate crimes for trans people through inclusion in the Freedom of the Press Act, one of Sweden’s fundamental laws Swedes generally have a high level of confidence in government authorities.
There is no requirement for health care professionals to have knowledge about LGBTQ-related issues.
Since the start in 1998, Stockholm Pride has grown into one of Stockholm’s largest and most appreciated festivals and the largest Pride celebration in the Nordic region.
Photo: Magnus Liam Karlson/ imagebank.What makes Sweden one of the most gay-friendly countries in the world is that people continue to fight for further improvements.
In addition to RFSL, there are a number of other LGBTQ organisations that work with events, campaigns, information, education and support – often with international outreach.