It is Pride Week in Stockholm. On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people are set to march through the centre of town, to celebrate the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer movement.
In Sweden, LGBTQ marches became an annual fixture in the late 1970s, when it was known as the ‘Liberation Week’.
In those days, the main demands included basic acceptance, visibility, and the declassification of homosexuality as a disease.
Though Sweden has come a long way, some members of the LGBTQ community say that Pride has lost its political edge – and turned more into a commercialized party.
It’s important that we remember the political aspects of Pride and that we fight for the rights that should be for everyone.
Annika Hirvonen Falk is a Green MP who is launching a raft of parliamentary proposals for the LGBTQ community.
As of last May, the Greens and Left Party were fully in favour of legally recognising a third legal gender.
Certain Moderates want to look into expanding legal guardianship, alongside Social Democrats and the Left Party.
Hirvonen Falk suggests there is broad support for recognising transgender hate crime in the constitution.
She explains that although Sweden is a role model in some ways, it is lagging behind on transgender rights, citing the fact that people who changed their legal gender in Sweden were forcibly sterilised until 2013.