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Thousands march in Stockholm Pride parade

AFP/The Local · 1 Aug 2010, 08:42

Published: 01 Aug 2010 08:42 GMT+02:00

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Marchers were kitted out in costumes ranging from the pope to Barbie dolls as they expressed their support for the fight against discrimination.

"The aim is to highlight discriminatory structures in society and point out that all people have the power to make a difference," organisers said in a statement.

Several Swedish politicians took part in the march about a month-and-a-half before parliamentary elections on September 19.

"It is a major demonstration for openness and tolerance. We want Sweden to be a modern country where it is possible to choose how and with whom you want to live," Finance Minister Anders Borg told the TT news agency.

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The head of the Social Democrat party Mona Sahlin, who said she has participated each year in Gay Pride, commented that "it is fantastic to see how things have changed over the last 10 years."

The dressed up marchers, who also included Roman emperors and sailors, danced through the streets on the way to the "Pride Village" where several concerts were to be held Saturday night.

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09:19 August 1, 2010 by Nachos
I'm guessing that the parade didn't pass through Tensta or Rinkeby.
09:47 August 1, 2010 by concha de tu puta madre
Nachos. Do you think they are gays and lesbians in Tensta and Rinkeby? Just a question.

How about organizing a straight men and women day parade..??? We can call it old boring hog's day...
10:14 August 1, 2010 by silly t
F''k the local
10:30 August 1, 2010 by Nachos
Perhaps I'm missing some sarcastic humor here but Tensta and Rinkeby are pretty much all Muslim. Gays are one of the many groups/cultures/religions that normally reacted to with violence by Muslims. Thus, I said that I doubt the parade will pass through those place. Again, if I'm missing some sarcastic humor there...my bad.
12:43 August 1, 2010 by Nemesis
@ Nachos

I can't imagine there being a lot of gays or lesbians in Tensta and Rinkeby.
12:52 August 1, 2010 by viper

You not only lack sense but also common sense. Its nothing to do with only Islam/Muslim, no religion including Christianity, Hinduism or other allow marriage between same sexes.
12:55 August 1, 2010 by tuerd1982
@ Nachos

Is there anything described in article related to religion? Why some people in local always want to connect news to irrelevant things?
13:31 August 1, 2010 by Jes
When shall we see a pride parade of impotents , paedophiles , zoophiles, wiccans , satanists , canibals , vampires , ex-cons

agamatophilians ,pseudonedophilians , autopederasty ,teratophilians .. etc .. etc ?

Surely , some of these peoples orientations are no more different from those of homosexuals .

In a world of RIGHTS , we shall not exclude nobody , right ?

Do we have anybody here who gets "hurt" when one "fine" lad chooses to enjoy sex only with dead bodies ?
14:47 August 1, 2010 by rybo1
Pride about what? truly, there's nothing to be proud about.
15:12 August 1, 2010 by double concerto
Just plain vulgar, juvenile, undignified, demeaning, druggy and UGLY!!!
16:17 August 1, 2010 by locaxy
@nachos: "Why some people in local always want to connect news to irrelevant things?"

Some people think Islam is the biggest threat to gay rights. I don't necessarily disagree with that feeling. However, Nachos tries to hijack every topic to push his protectionist ideology that's against free movement of people.

I was at the parade. There was a dark-skinned 9 year old with a rainbow shirt that read "Jihad 4 love". There was the council of ex-Muslims. The youth section of some Swedish church. There was a guy with a Saudi outfit. A few folks in parodies of burkas. There was Iranian, Iraqi and Kurdish flags all over the place. As well as a bunch of hardcore anti-religious people calling themselves humanists.

I don't think religion is completely irrelevant here. On the contrary. Most of the discrimination gays encounter today are remnants of old societal codes of conduct (mainly, the monotheistic religions).
17:57 August 1, 2010 by janswed
jes just a question what is autopederasty? surely you make these words up , i dont see how you could assume children sexally abusing themself has anything to do with a pride parade assuming that what you mean by that stupid word
18:54 August 1, 2010 by Jes
Helo @janswed ,

I can make up words if I want to . Afterall ,even homosexuals call themselves "GAY " Are you going to get stuck on the real definition of this word ?

Anyway , the word autopederasty exists . The news for you is that is also a bizarre sexual orientation , just like homosexuality is . These are chaps who only enjoy sex by dipping their dicks into their own anuses or mouths .

Don`t ask me how they manage to do it . If you really want to know , why don´t you just fix a pride parade and interview them ?
19:28 August 1, 2010 by Michael84
I was there. It was really cool
19:30 August 1, 2010 by Nachos
19:47 August 1, 2010 by Mike #1986
being gay is a sickness a confusion in the brain..nothing to be proud of in my opinion.
20:10 August 1, 2010 by janswed
dear Jes you are confused the word you should use is autofellatio that is quite a feat i have sean it performed in hetterosexal porn it takes a lot of flexibility that you as a homophope is sorely lacking
21:09 August 1, 2010 by lili2010
Mike #1986, I agree with you. I feel very sorry for these people who are CONFUSED. Our nature is clear and distinct: Man & Woman. I dont understand the issue of 'human rights' when it comes to homosexuallity.What kind of right is being asked while homosexuality is something which doesnt give satisfaction and outside nature.
21:56 August 1, 2010 by Lovelygirl
LOL (not at the parade at all but at the comments people do... hilarious!)
22:12 August 1, 2010 by Nemesis
For all of you who hate gays.

Homosexuality is not an illness.

Homosexuality is natural. It exists among other mammals.

Homosexual people do enjoy satisfaction. There is even a joy of gay sex book.
22:49 August 1, 2010 by Nachos
I never quite understood some people's severe hatred of gays. If it doesn't affect you in any way (i.e. they aren't hitting on you, trying to convert you, bothering you, etc.) then who cares? Hey, it's not like they're committing crimes, starting riots, burning down schools, driving Sweden's rape rate through the roof or demanding gay schooling for children, right? Pick your battles wisely.
02:25 August 2, 2010 by billyb362
"Daddy, why are all those men dressed up like women?"
07:01 August 2, 2010 by AussieAndy
Some of these postings are quite ridiculas.

You bible bashers need to get into the 21st century

For those bible bashers posting here are a few bible quotes for you to follow.

Leviticus 20:13 If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.

Leviticus 26:15-16 and if you reject my decrees and abhor my laws and fail to carry out all my commands and so violate my covenant, then I will do this to you: I will bring upon you sudden terror, wasting diseases and fever that will destroy your sight and drain away your life. You will plant seed in vain, because your enemies will eat it
07:40 August 2, 2010 by Makaveli

If you have ever watched the TV series "The simpsons", u would have noticed that at the begining of certain episodes, the notorious Bart is wrtiting something on the black board and it reads something like "I will use google before asking stupid questions". So why dont you google the word autopederasty. You will see its a real word and not just made up as you claim. Do not show your ignorance in public.


I was gonna post a comment in response to this article, but Jes, i think u beat me to it. You must be in my mind or something and i couldnt agree more. Just a little addition though; When shall we see people people who love having sex with animals (beastiality) coming out to march for their right? I bet not too long from now. Its a truly sick world!!! Anyway, if a man wants to take a big one up their ass, its none of my business. Go for it....lol!!
09:17 August 2, 2010 by izbz
Here it goes again, mixing religion with human rights, That's their choice and preferance. Leave them in peace!!!

I think if this would have been a female femnist parade with half naked women then noone will scream* SHAME* Everyone would have said that was a Wow.
10:42 August 2, 2010 by Rebel
Okay, lt's be proud of a lifestyle that, if adopted by the whole culture, would mean the extermination of that culture.

I would also be opposed to promoting total celibasy, Shakerism or any other destructive lifestyle.
11:27 August 2, 2010 by Jes
@ Nemesis ,

homosexuality is "natutaral" as other mental deformities . I bet you that even a paedophile will argue that they "do enjoy satisfication" ; that there are millions of images of child porn and books; that being attracted to small children is " not an illness"

-----and guess what , a paedophile like the late Michael Jackson can prove it , all he needs is a smart lawyer and a wicked scientist .

Do you say that these things exist among other mammals ?

Canibbals and murderers would hug you for that one !

@ Makaveli,

thank you !
18:30 August 2, 2010 by Bisonex
"Homosexuality is not an illness."

No, it's a syndrome. A psycho-sexual disorder.

"Homosexuality is natural. It exists among other mammals."

Animals can also be incestuous, or cannibalistic. Do we take our lead from animals?

"Homosexual people do enjoy satisfaction. There is even a joy of gay sex book."

I'm sure they do. I'm sure some people enjoy looking at images of bestiality and necrophilia and other such things. If they do, they should keep it to themselves. Heterosexual sex is the only normal type of sex - anything else is a sexual disorder.
23:06 August 2, 2010 by rufus.t.firefly
I don't know about the statements above, but for my part, the parade had a rehearsed, corporate, dutiful ambience. Only about five Dykes on three Bikes, one a scooter. There was no sense of celebration, no spontaneity, only institutionalized political correctness. Definitely organized from the top down.
10:13 August 3, 2010 by Rebel
Rufus, this is Sweden -- spontanaity and creativity are a big no-no here.
15:30 August 3, 2010 by Serendipitiz
Seriously, jes and Lili and all the other homophobic readers of the Local, how does this affect you? if they decide to march, and they decide to have a party, how is it in any way a problem of yours? Of course, if you bring your dumbass religions into the picture, it becomes your problem because that's what religion is - stuffing your dogma down the throats of others whether they like it or not, and most of that dogma is rubbish, having been cooked up by illiterate, uneducated, superstitious nomads in the deserts of Arabia 2000 years ago. We don't believe anything they said 2000 years ago because we knew they were uninformed - so why do we take their so-called "religion" as the literal word of god?

The only other explanation I can see is that you are all just a wee bit insecure in your sexuality, and need to prove what big, strong, straight men/women you are...
16:18 August 3, 2010 by LeoKinmann
ever occurred to you that some people believe in their own sexuality (hetero) so strong that homosexuality just seems out of place? what you think of LGBT has nothing to do with one's sexual confidence. what annoyed me most is the way they market Pride movement and turned it from the simple fight of minority's right into a huge politically-motivated showcase. even worse is the way those ppl shove the issue up your face, spreading the idea that being LGBT is "cool", "special", "popular" and "if you are not LGBT then you should try it cos that's what open-minded ppl would do". i have no problem with LGBT ppl. in fact i have some good friends who are gay. but, to them, i make it perfectly clear that i myself am hetero so dont hit on me. if the debate is about whether homosexuality is natural or not, i can tell you with my knowledge from a biology-major: being gay means you don't reproduce, hence. it's a evolutionary dead-end and the person/animal's gene will be weeded out of existence. it certainly occurs among wild animals. however, since being homosexual wont bring any evolutionary advantage to you and your offspring(lack, thereof), the dominant trait remains to be heterosexuality.
20:48 August 3, 2010 by vinrusso
Did you know that Sweden sales more military equipment to communist countries for the last 30 years than any country in the world. Yet they are the biggest pacifist.....make sense?
23:02 August 3, 2010 by DArtagnon Puissant
To August 2, 2010 by Bisonex #24 ... get out of the Ice Ages! There are 450 species of animals who exhibit gay sex. There was a couple of gay Puffins in the San Francisco Zoo back in the 1990's. No one knew they were gay until an employee noticed they were both male and they hung out together and always played, ate , and did everything as a couple. Someone thought to separate them to see what would happen and they fell into a malaise and depression that was unreal. So they were re-united and they immediately began to play, sleep together, and eat again and all was back to normal. Too bad humans aren't like that, you say??? Hm, Bisonex?

The homophobes on here need to MATURE and become Enlightened or something. Mother Nature uses homosexuality to prevent species from overpopulating. WHY? Because if a species overpopulates and wipes out their food supplies and becomes a threat to other species, Mother Nature puts them into EXTINCTION! So rather than BASH on your gay brothers you should be THANKING them for saving you from the glue farm!

Sure they may get obnoxious at times but do you think you are any less obnoxious to them? Not really!

So suck it up and let's everyone just get along and be happy. You don't even have to be gay ... just happy. If you need to grow up a notch ... that's OK too ... the World can wait for a LITTTLE bit ... just don't take forever.

Remember the ONE LAW ... Harm Ye No One.

Blessings to all from California, USA.

Pastor Dartagnon

Fontanetum et Lucem Church of Palm Springs, CA

puissantone@yahoo.com all comments welcome and will be answered.
01:59 August 4, 2010 by Mr. Puppy
LOL @ LeoKinmann... if being gay was an evolutionary dead-end then why would any gay people exist today?

And since when did letting gay people be themselves in society mean that EVERYONE has to be gay? Some of the comments here really make no sense... at all.
09:11 August 4, 2010 by LeoKinmann
@mr Puppy

I'm talking about the allele frequency here. microevolution states: if the percentage of a certain gene and/or its related trait varies over time in a given population, then evolutionary mechanism has been at work. being gay won't be a dominant, heritable trait. hence there will never be more natural gays than natural straight. the genes that make ppl prone to cancer are also evolutionary dead-ends. yet still we see ppl getting cancer. human as a species hasn't evolved for too long, furthermore the tribal culture imposed on individuals did override the natural instinct. how long ago was it since the first gay came out? back then when homosexuality wasn't acknowledged, homosexual ppl still got married and had kids bcos their family made the decision for them. even Elton John married a woman years ago. among animals, there is no such thing. perhaps you can tell me how many gay penguins are out there? i got no beef against gay ppl coming out or just "be themselves". altho i have to say Pride is anything but "being who you are". just look at how Göran Hägglund got trash-talked for not attending Pride. whoever is behind Pride is using it as a political force. showing the slightest disinterest in their agenda and you're labeled a nazi.
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