Top ten loud, proud and gay Swedes

With Stockholm Pride just around the corner, it seems high time to profile some of the country's colourful queers who have proudly come out of the closet.

Top ten loud, proud and gay Swedes

It has to be said, the nation’s gay and lesbian community have plenty to shout about.

Not only are those who made our top ten an impressive bunch of high achievers but they can also revel in Sweden’s well-respected reputation as a campaigner for HGBT rights.

You could even spot some of them in celebratory mood at the annual week-long Stockholm Pride festival, which runs from July 30th to August 3rd this year.

Among our merry mix you will find an Olympic skier a cabinet minister and a professional football.

IN PICTURES: Top ten loud, proud and gay Swedes

Proud and loud, for the most part, that is.

Keen readers will note that our royal entry never actually admitted to a gay orientation although allegations came to a head, so to speak, in an infamous case of bribery and blackmail labelled the Haijby affair in the 1950s.

Same-sex activity was legalised under his reign in 1944 and he therefore makes the list by default of being one king amongst many queens.

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Gay Sweden Democrat backs party’s Pride flag decision

The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats' most senior openly gap MP has defended party colleagues' decision to stop flying the rainbow gay pride flag outside a local city council headquarters.

Gay Sweden Democrat backs party's Pride flag decision
Christian Democrat leader Ebba Busch Thor took part in the Stockholm pride parade this August. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT
Bo Broman, who has himself several times attended Sweden's largest Pride parade in Stockholm, told The Local that the rainbow flag was “an important symbol, for me and for many others”. 
But he said he did not believe it was appropriate for any political symbol to be flown outside a public building. 
“I personally don't think that any political symbol or flag representing organisations, companies, football teams and so on belongs on public flagpoles,” he said. 
“No matter how inportant the issue is, public flagpoles should only carry the Swedish flag, the official flag for the municipality, flags from visiting countries and perhaps that of the EU or UN.” 
Bo Broman, who was previously the Sweden Democrats' financial chief, became an MP after the 2018 election. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT
The city council in Solvesborg in the county of Blekinge voted on Thursday to no longer fly the rainbow flag on the flagpole outside its offices, where it has since 2013 been hoisted once a year to show support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people on the day of the pride parade in Stockholm. 
The vote has been widely criticised, with Filippa Reinfeldt, the   lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer rights spokesperson for the Moderate Party saying the backing the party's local wing gave to the decision was “inappropriate”.  
But Broman pointed out that Magnus Kolsjö, a former president of The Swedish federation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer rights (RFSL), had also backed Solversborg's decision. 
“We need to be able to keep the political, private and civil society on one side, and the state and municipality on the other,” Kolsjö, who is now a Christian Democrat politician, wrote on his blog on Sunday. 
“To hoist up a political symbol, even if it stands for values which many support, doesn't fit with the needs to maintain objectivity.” 
The council decision was pushed by the ruling four-party coalition of the Sweden Democrats, Moderates, Christian Democrats and the local SoL party.