Sweden Tops the World, Orlando Courts the Gay Games, & the U.S. Opens Its Eyes to LGBT Families

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In this edition, we pile into the Swedish HomoMobil (above) to check out the Nordic nation’s win on a world gay-friendliness list, head to Orlando to hear about its bid for the 2018 Gay Games, and learn more about a change in U.S. policy that will soon welcome gay families home as one unit.

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  • jason

    Sweden is actually not very gay-friendly. While it may appear to be gay-friendly at the legal level, socially it’s not. The social attitude to gay men is one of apathy, not acceptance. Don’t confuse apathy with acceptance.

  • Jesse Archer

    Jason, I’ve been several times to Sweden and find it very accepting. How can you make such a sweeping statement without citing examples? And how can you have apathy towards a group of people? That doesn’t even make logical sense.

  • Dan Allen

    @Jesse Archer: Jag älskar dig, Jesse Archer.

  • Freddie

    Yeah Jason, that’s why over 70% of Swedes support gay marriage and adoption rights

  • FridaTibetans

    Totally thought the headline would lead to a Fredrik Eklund article…

  • DouggSeven

    I am in love with the expression on that broad’s face in that pic.

  • Mark

    As a North Carolinian, I’m kind of finding it hard to swallow that NC is more homophobic than Mississippi or South Carolina…

  • TH

    While I’m happy to read about Customs recognizing same sex families at border posts, this isn’t going to help me and my British partner enter the US, which we do often.

  • The Real Mike in Asheville

    @Mark: Is there really that much of a difference: marriage ban (by law, constitutional amendment to be voted on in May), no anti-discrimination, no civil partnerships, and lots and lots of hypocrisy of Old Testament selective bigotry. Well, at least my hubby and I are in Asheville.

  • The Real Mike in Asheville

    I certainly hope that the Gay Games organizers, particularly the international groups, take a serious review of the anti-gay hostility under Florida law that can have serious adverse effects against gays and lesbians, their spouses and partners and children. You may very well be legally married and recognized as a family in your home country, but in Florida, that means NOTHING. That God-awful state inserts itself into separating gay families and citizens’ privacy — keeping spouses of years apart in hospitals, enacting personally directed anti-family legislation — remember Terri Schiavo and Elian Gonzales — to fit their narrow-minded bigotry.

    While there are many supporters of gay rights and gay families in Florida, officially though, it is a cesspool of anti-gay bigotry and discrimination. Do not risk that you are the one who is denied your rights.

  • codyj

    @real mike in asheville, so true, i love weather here (fla) but thats it…we are ,indeed surrounded by narrow fundies,older repubs with 1900s views and morals,catholic die hards, and tons of ‘back room’ good ole boys politicians.

  • Sol Invictus

    There is equal age of consent in Venezuela so technically it should be tied for 56th… which is better than I ever expected to be honest [:

  • Martin

    @jason: Jason, i have a swdish boyfriend and live part time in Stockholm. Sweden is a very good country to be gay in. Better than Denmark. Only problem is muslim population which can react unpredictably, and so you need to be careful in Tunnelbana (subway) etc.
    The ordinary swede is very very tolerant and treat us as they would any other couple.

    Sweden deserves the credit! Jag älskar Sverige!!

  • Frederick

    I’d be curious to see where California ranks on the list of how gay-friendly the different states are. I realize we’re still dealing with the aftermath of Prop. 8 (hopefully, it will be gone soon), but I do feel CA has some of the most gay-friendly laws in the U.S. I live in the Bay Area, which I personally feel is more gay-friendly than NYC-samesex marriage being the only advantage the Empire State has over the Golden State.

  • Dan Allen

    @DouggSeven: Thanks Dougg, I took that pic at Stockholm Europride in 2008, and I totally agree… there’s something so subtly wonderful about her expression that it’s one of my favorite shots.

  • Texndoc

    I’ve been to a very gay friendly city and country that has the largest gay pride turnout consistently year after year, routinely well over a million supporters, but people are usually looking to Europe : Sao Paulo, Brazil.

  • Ewoks R Us

    I sooo want to marry that hot blonde in the first pic!

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