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Hägglund turns down Stockholm Pride invite

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post 15.Jul.2010, 07:02 AM
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Christian Democrat (KD) leader Göran Hägglund is the only party leader to have turned down an invitation to attend Stockholm Pride and KD will be the only parliamentary party without representation at the annual LGBT festival, according to the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) daily.

Furthermore Stockholm Pride is in two weeks set to be the scene of the first party leader debate since the summer recess and the Christian Democrats and Hägglund will not be represented.

According to Hägglund's press secretary, Petra Kjellarson, Hägglund will instead be holding his traditional speech on Öland the day after the debate and is thus unable to attend.

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Renfeh Hguh
post 15.Jul.2010, 09:30 AM
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"while Hägglund was roundly booed by the Pride crowd" and the RFSL is not happy he is not attending this year. Idiots!
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Luckystrike
post 15.Jul.2010, 09:34 AM
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Think we need a pride march for straight people these days. I think it's getting to be the "norm" these days if you gay, lesbian or Bi.
"while Hägglund was roundly booed by the Pride crowd"
lol'ed at this too
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Nemesis
post 15.Jul.2010, 10:01 AM
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Location: Skåne
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The RFSL people booed him. Why the hell should he go back?
Also who does RFSL think they are, demanding that a political leader attends there events?
Why are the journalists not calling out RFSL for demanding that politicans attend there events?
This is nothing to do with gay rights.
If a politican chooses not to attend, that is there decision which should be respected.
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calebian22
post 15.Jul.2010, 10:03 AM
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Location: Jönköping county
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He was there once, showing tolerance even though his religion is opposed to the Pride lifestyle, and he was booed. Why would he go back? Tolerate us, but we won't tolerate you. You gotta love the pink mafia.
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Vitas
post 15.Jul.2010, 10:27 AM
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My swedish friends told: 9 of 10 swedish males - gays!!!
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shame, shame
post 15.Jul.2010, 10:54 AM
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It is established practice for political leaders to attend the event, which is the largest festival held in Sweden each year.
KD are under no obligation to attend but it is interesting that they decide not to so close to an election - do they stand for tolerance as they claim, or do they stand for old conservative and backward values with regards to homosexuality. Pride is a demonstration for freedom of expression and they miss an opportunity to show support for this universal right.
Pride, as some here seem to imply, presents no challenge to heterosexuality. The festival lasts for five days in a corner of Stockholm, the pride parade takes up one afternoon - the rest of the year is one long hetero demonstration.
Objection to Pride can only be based on ignorance, fear and insecurity, there is no other explanation. Religion is no excuse - Jesus hardly represented the presumed "ideal" of the nuclear family.
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calebian22
post 15.Jul.2010, 11:24 AM
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Shame shame,
Where in the Bible is Jesus held up as an example of the ideal nuclear family? I would be interested in reading that passage.
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Nemesis
post 15.Jul.2010, 11:37 AM
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@ shame, shame
Regarding Jesus. Are you talking about the guy who went into a desert with 12 men for a while?
A few facts about gay pride.
It is supposed to celebrate an event in which a bunch of drag queens, transsexuals, camp queens and butch lesbians got in a fight with the police. No white middle class or more accurately acceptable LGBT people were at Stonewall, regardless of recent attempts to whitewash it.
Most of the people there that night were mixed race, transsexuals and drag queens. The very people that most people at pride would run a mile from if they sat down at the same table as them in a resturant outside the pride event. The people who are at pride, who are mostly homosexual and white, tend to avoid the actual type of people who were in the Stonewall night of the riot.
Also, if a politican has something better to do, such as watch paint dry, prepare legislation or go home to the kids, then that is his choice.
RFSL has no right to even think, it can dictate to a democratically elected public representative who he should be with, when or how. Sweden is a democracy and hopefully someone will tell RFSL that.
RFSL is also no bastion of purity. Check out its history and what it used to campaign for in the 70's.
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shame, shame
post 15.Jul.2010, 12:28 PM
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@Nemesis... and Nelson Mandela was classified as an armed terrorist, so what?
Stonewall was radical because it was radical to express pride in homosexuality. Stockholm Pride 2010 remains radical but not for the same reasons. That just shows the success of the gay rights movement.
The attendance of all of the (other) party leaders (whose parties represent 94% of the electorate) at the event illustrates just how mainstream and accepted homosexual rights are in Sweden. Hägglund's non-attendance raises the question as to where he stands, that's all.
The assured success of Pride does not hinge on Hägglund's appearance and no one is dictating to him, they are criticising him - also a democratic right. Most people couldn't care less what KD think, the loss is only Hägglund's own.
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Nemesis
post 15.Jul.2010, 01:02 PM
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@ shame, shame
If people going to pride have the same attitude as yourself, then I can full well understand Hägglund not going to it.
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Kevin Harris
post 15.Jul.2010, 01:18 PM
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RFSL, of all organisations, should sympathise with people who have been victimised for no good reason. Respect and tolerance are a two-way street.
Mr Hägglund was loudly booed by RFSL supporters at the event in 2006, and I am not in the least suprised he doesn't feel like honouring them with his attendance this year. Perhaps if RFSL had shown their guest more respect then, Mr Hägglund might feel more postive towards them now.
How about RFSL offering Mr Hägglund some kind of reassurance (if they can) that he will be treated courteously this year?
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cogito
post 15.Jul.2010, 01:42 PM
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Gay pride is nice and safe and applauded by middle class whites who wish to demonstrate their open-mindeded politically correct views.
Pride is boring.
It has, as #8 above points out, far removed from the daring Stonewall storming.
#11. Victimized? That was a long time ago. Now these "victims" hold well paid and influential positions in the press, TV, radio, advertising, the public sector, ministerial posts.
C'mon...
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superturbo
post 15.Jul.2010, 01:45 PM
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so the gays will be taking over the town this year again with their gay-exclusive fest... how sad. :(
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Jes
post 15.Jul.2010, 03:21 PM
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Freedom to associate allows you not to associate . Gay people are sick bastards if they don´t think that there are people who do not have to hit the street to celebrate sex , like they were hooligans .
I used not to mind anybody´s sexual orientation . But now that its rubbed in our faces , I am beginning to hate the stink .
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