LGBT rights in Sweden

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) rights in Sweden have been regarded as some of the most progressive in Europe and in the world.

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.

We all know that laws and regulations have a big impact on everyday life. Over the last decades, Sweden has taken important steps to ensure that the LGBTQ community enjoys the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.

Up until 1944 same-sex sexual acts were criminalized in Sweden. Homosexuality was still classified as an illness in Sweden in 1979. To celebrate this year´s jubilee of celebrating LGBT, we´d like to give you a short overview of the development of the LGBT community in Sweden.

1944 Homosexual relationships are legalized
1972Sweden becomes the first country in the world to legally allow
gender change
1979Homosexuality is not seen as a mental disorder anymore
1988Homosexuals included in the cohabitation law
1995The Registered Partnership Act is passed
2003Adoption rights for same-sex couples
2003the Prohibition Discrimination entered into force, the
the law forbids discrimination linked to sexual orientation
2005Insemination rights for lesbian couples
2009Gender-neutral marriage is allowed
2018protection under criminal law for transgender people is
extended and clarified

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