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04/19/2007


Gay Former Swedish MP Attacked on Greek Vacation

Tasso Stafilidis, the first openly gay person elected to the Swedish parliament in 1998, was attacked while on vacation in Greece, eNet reports:

StafilidisStafilidis, who was accompanied by a friend, initially thought that the three masked men following them were going to rob them.

However, the black-clothed men started yelling homophobic insults at Stafilidis and his friend, calling them “dirty faggots”, and started punching and kicking them on the head and body. They then fled the scene without stealing anything from their victims.

The number of violent attacks on homosexuals has risen in Greece since the debt-crisis started three years ago.

In an article published in the Huffington Post a few months ago, gay-rights activists said that over the last year there is a clear increase in homophobic violence, stressing that the attacks follow the same patterns of Golden Dawn members' attacks against migrants. The neo-nazi party,  which won 18  seats in last June's parliamentary elections, is openly anti-gay.

Born to Greek parents, Stafilidis, who hadn't visited Greece in seven years, said he had already noticed a shift in attitudes before being attacked. “These things go hand-in-hand when a country's prosperity collapses. The crisis makes people susceptible to this kind of rhetoric and sentiment.”


Pro-Gay Swedish Mobile Ad Features Hockey Team Accepting a Player's Boyfriend: VIDEO

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A new ad from the Swedish mobile carrier Halebop, which is geared at a youth market, features a pro-gay locker room confrontation.

Translation:

Guy 1: "Miss you, Theo Ekenborg [name of a guy]"
Guy 1: "Who's that?"
Guy 2: "It's …"
Guy 2: "It's my boyfriend."
Guy 2: "We're celebrating our … one year anniversary"
Guy 1: "Congrats! One year, that's not easy"

In the end you hear another guy in the background saying "I know who it is. He's damn good looking"

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Horse Meat Found in Ikea's Swedish Meatballs

And horse meat continues its stampede into the world's food system:

MeatballThe Czech State Veterinary Administration said that horse meat was found in one-kilogram packs of frozen meatballs made in Sweden and shipped to the Czech Republic for sale in Ikea stores there. A total of 760 kilograms (1,675 pounds) of the meatballs were stopped from reaching the shelves.

Ikea spokeswoman Ylva Magnusson said meatballs from the same batch had gone out to Slovakia, Hungary, France, Britain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Ireland. Magnusson said meatballs from that batch were taken off the shelves in Ikea stores in all those countries. Other shipments of meatballs were not affected, she added.

However, the company's Swedish branch announced on its Facebook page that it won't sell or serve any meatballs at its stores in Sweden out of concern for "potential worries among our customers."


Swedish Cleaning Lady Steals Commuter Train, Plows it Into Apartment Building: VIDEO

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A Swedish woman stole a commuter train and rammed it into the side of a building in a Stockholm suburb, injuring only herself in the process, the AP reports:

The motives of the woman, who worked for a company contracted to carry out cleaning for the train operator, were not immediately clear.

"We have only heard good things about her. We're investigating how this could happen, and why she did what she did," Hedenius said.

He said it's unclear how she got the keys to the train, but added that driving it is not that complicated.

Video of the aftermath, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Swede Not A Rapist Because Victim Was A Man, Says Judge

SwedishFlagThis is problematic: a Swedish judge dismissed rape attempt charges against a man because the woman he tried to rape is transgender and, according to the judge, "the intended crime never had the possibility of being fulfilled."

From The Local:

"We believe that he wanted to rape this woman in particular. But as she turned out to be a man, the crime never was actually committed,” said [Judge] Sjöstedt, adding that the case against rape was “invalid”.

"There are different theories about how this should be handled, and so we’re looking forward to seeing the verdict from the Court of Appeals,” he said, adding that he would appeal the decision if he were the prosecutor or the defense.

Despite the fact that the rape charge was dismissed, the attacker was convicted of assault and may be sentenced to four years in prison.


Sweden's Loreen Wins Eurovision: VIDEO

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If you haven't already, please meet Loreen of Sweden: the winner of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. She's pretty and she's got a fine voice, but I'm guessing she won because she managed to stay on-key while battling a horde of invisible ... what are they? Ninjas?

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