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Swedish Ice Hockey Team Supports LGBTI Rights With Rainbow Uniforms

Kiruna IF

Swedish ice hockey team Kiruna IF will wear rainbow colors for the 2014-2015 season in an effort to become the country’s first sports club to receive certification by the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights.

Since 2008, the federation has certified businesses and organizations that are committed to providing a good working environment and respectful treatment of LGBTI people, reports Gay Star News.

On Thursday, 26 June, the players presented their new jerseys and talked about how the club will work to promote acceptance and diversity in Swedish hockey and in society at large.

In a press release, which describes ice hockey as "the most laddish sport," Kiruna IF wrote:

"The certification program provides new skills and tools and helps promote LGBT visibility. The focus is on LGBT issues but the certification process is also an excellent opportunity to discuss and reflect on norms and attitudes in a broader perspective."

Swedish Ice Hockey Association director of hockey development Tommy Boustedt said:

“Kiruna IF's acceptance project is a laudable initiative that is in line with Swedish hockey's core values, mission and vision. Participation and democracy shall be the defining features in the work to develop our sport.”

Throughout the coming season, team members will give talks in schools across Kiruna to stress the importance of accepting LGBTI people.


Gay Swedish Teen Told To Clean Up Homophobic Graffiti

SwedenProof that not only Americans enjoy blaming and punishing the victim, a gay teenager in Sweden reported the slur "dirty fag" scrawled on the bathroom walls at his school only to be told by the principal to "erase it himself."

Perhaps unsurprisingly, other teachers had seen this instance of homophobic graffiti directed at the student as well as several others, but have never taken any action against it.

The student has since left the school for an internship in order to escape the bullying that he endured for two years, and he has reported the incident to Sweden's Discrimination Ombudsman accusing the school of discrimination.


Swedish Football Player Marcus Juhlin Comes Out as Gay

Sweden-marcus-juhlin-mainAn (American) football player in Sweden, inspired by the coming out of Michael Sam earlier this year, has followed suit with an announcement of his own.  

22-year-old Marcus Juhlin made the proclamation in the April issue of the European gay magazine QX. 

Out reports:

He's the first American football player in Sweden to come out, and according to the QX team, the reaction from his team mates and from the other teams in the league have been amazing. "They all support and respect him,"QX editor in chief Anders Öhrmantold us. Marcus sent an email to QX in December stating: ”Please help me come out from the closet and close that door once and for all.” And they did. Juhlin lives in the city of Karlstad and is playing for Carlstad Crusaders. Oh, and in case you're curious, he is single.


Sweden Cuts Aid to Ugandan Government Over Anti-Gay Law

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Sweden has joined Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands in directing aid away from the Ugandan government following the signing of the Anti-Homosexuality Act by President Museveni last month:

Foreign Ministry spokesman Sebastian Tham said Wednesday that Sweden will immediately cut planned aid worth 6.5 million kronor ($1 million) to the Uganda government, but will continue with other non-governmental programs. In 2013, the total amount of Swedish aid to Uganda was $35 million.


Thousands Gather in Stockholm to Sing in Support of the LGBT People in Russia: VIDEO

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As part of Sweden's "Live and Let Love" campaign, 2,000 people gathered in Stockholm to show their support for Russian LGBTs by singing the national anthem of Russia surrounded by lots and lots of gay 'propaganda'.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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A Group of Hot Swedish Marines Did an Amazing Parody of 'Greased Lightning': VIDEO

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A group of Swedish marines stationed in Afghanistan needed to blow off some steam.

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So, they put together their very own souped-up version of the Grease classic "Greased Lightning", complete with their very own Kenickie.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

(and don't miss the upper left hand corner at the 1:00 mark!)

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