Man-free party backed by Swedish equality body

A man who tried to talk his way into a Miss Gay 2006 event in Stockholm in the summer has been told that the organisers had the right to refuse his entry.

When the man was turned away from the party for bisexual and gay women, held during the Pride festival in Stockholm, he considered himself to be a victim of gender discrimination. He reported the matter to Sweden’s equality ombudsman, Jämo.

But he found no support from ombudsman Claes Borgström.

Referring to both Swedish law and an EU directive, Jamö judged that Miss Gay 2006 was entitled to create a protected zone for women to compensate for “the negative effect of the gender power structure and sexualisation of the public space”.

The decision was applauded by RFSL, the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights, which stated that “Jämo had understood the law and its meaning”.