We in Sweden have a reputation for being one of the most open-minded, welcoming countries in the world. It’s a place where diversity and inclusion are important, thus making it a fantastic travel destination for LGBT+ people from all over the world. And we also have some amazing and inspiring people who came out and shared their stories. Here are our favorites:
Johanna Larsson, a professional tennis player from Sweden, has come out publicly in an interview. The 29-year-old said distractions kept her from accepting herself, then fear kept her from coming out. Now that’s all behind her.
is a Swedish former high jumper. She won one bronze medal in the Olympic Games, one gold and two bronze medals in the World Championships in Athletics and one gold and one bronze in the European Championships. Bergqvist married director Måns Herngren on New Year’s Eve in 2007. The couple announced their divorce in early 2011.
In December 2011, Bergqvist confirmed in an interview that she is in a relationship with a woman, and stated: “As lesbian as I feel today, as heterosexual I felt when I was together with Måns. But when I get old and look back on my life, perhaps one can think that I’m bisexual.” This announcement came after a period of rumors concerning Bergqvist’s personal life.
Eva Dahlgren is a Swedish pop musician. In 1996 Dahlgren made headlines in the Swedish press when she came out as a lesbian through her civil union with jewelry designer Efva Attling. In connection with the civil union, Dahlgren changed her surname to Dahlgren-Attling. In 2009 they got married after Sweden passed its gender-neutral marriage law.
Ebba Tove Elsa Nilsson, known professionally as Tove Lo, is a Swedish singer and songwriter. Called “Sweden’s darkest pop export” by Rolling Stone, she is known for her raw, grunge-influenced take on pop music. Her honest, complex and autobiographical lyrical content has led to her being dubbed “the saddest girl in Sweden.
An interview and profile of Tove Lo in October 2016 referred to her as “openly bisexual”, citing that as one of several identifiers “she once took for granted but are now very much part of her public persona.”
Jonas Gardell is a Swedish novelist, playwright, screenwriter and comedian. He is the brother of religion scholar Mattias Gardell. In 2006, more than 20 years after his first novel was published, Gardell is one of Sweden’s most famous stand-up comedians. Well known to be openly gay, Gardell is married to the Finnish-Swedish-American writer and TV presenter Mark Levengood, with whom he has two children by female friends.
Jean-Pierre Barda is a Swedish and Israeli singer, actor, makeup artist and hairdresser of French/Algerian-Jewish descent. He is most notable for being one of the founding members of the pop group Army of Lovers. He currently lives in Tel Aviv.
Tomas Tobé is a Swedish politician and served as party secretary of the Moderate Party from 10 January 2015 to 2 June 2017. He was elected Member of the European Parliament in the 2019 European Parliament election in Sweden. He is married to Markus Tobé with whom he has twins born via surrogacy.
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