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04/19/2007


Swede MP Blames His Drag Persona 'Ursula' for Accepting Free Trip

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Swedish MP Frederick Federley says it wasn't he who accepted an all-expenses paid trip to the Canary Islands — it was his drag persona Ursula.

The Local reports: "The politician told newspaper Aftonbladet that his trip in early January was sponsored by around ten different companies, including budget airline Norwegian. Pressed by the newspaper on why he had accepted the paid trip, despite claims that he generally refused offers from the airline industry, Federley replied: 'Well, this was pretty much tied to my drag personality, Ursula. It's not me as a member of parliament doing this; it's more a case of me travelling as my drag personality,' he said. Federley has not made any secret of his predilection for cross-dressing, recently arriving as Ursula at the Swedish Mr Gay competition. Dismayed by the newspaper's line of questioning, Federley dismissed what he felt was an insinuation that he had only taken on the job for the sake of a free holiday in the sun at a newly built four-star hotel."

Readers of this site may remember Federley's name from a 2007 gay bashing I reported on.


Swedish Politician Assaulted in Anti-Gay Attack

Gay Swedish MP Fredrick Federley was assaulted in central Stockholm over the weekend, The Local reports:

Federley"The assault took place at the Klara Grillen hot dog stand on Drottninggatan, where Federley went with two acquaintances after leaving the Pigalle nightclub. But as they approached their destination, six or seven men in their twenties began shouting 'here come the fags'."

Said Federley: "Then they screamed that we were disgusting and a threat to Sweden and that they were going to beat us up."

According to The Local, "Just as he tried to convince his assailants that fighting was a bad idea, he was struck with a punch to the left jaw. 'I calmly told them that I wasn't going to fight, as that would make me no better than them,' said Federley. He then received three more blows before one of the gang managed to control the most aggressive member. Federley was sore and shaken on Monday. It was the first time he had been assaulted because of his sexuality, he said, although several friends had been the victims of similar attacks. 'I'm more shaken now than I was then. It could have ended really badly,' he said."

Federley assaulted in homophobic attack [the local]
Swedish politician assaulted for being gay [upi]


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