Same-sex relationships are widely accepted in Sweden. Gothenburg is progressive in LGBTQ-rights and it's illegal according to Swedish law to discriminate against anyone because of sexual orientation or gender identity.
In the run-up to the annual West Pride festival rainbow flags fly from flagpoles all around Gothenburg.
–We colour the city with pride during the festival! It's manifested thanks to our unique flag period in June. Around 1,000 rainbow flags are hoisted around central Gothenburg, says Emma Percival at West Pride.
Gothenburg City hoist rainbow flags on their official flagpoles at for example the square Gustaf Adolfs torg and many other companies and organisations join the tribute.
West Pride – soon to be a proud 10-year old.
Gothenburg's own West Pride festival has been around since 2007. It was initiated by the Gothenburg City Theatre, the culture centre Blå Stället, Stora Teatern, the Röhsska Museum, and the Museum of World Culture and went by the name HBT-GBG. The festival takes place every year in June, often with more than several hundreds of items on the programme, the highlight being the Rainbow parade. The parade has grown larger by the year and in 2014 around 8,500 people signed up beforehand. Another 12,000 or so specators took part in the celebration along the main boulevard Avenyn to celebrate love, human rights and equality.
–West Pride makes Gothenburg an even more open and inclusive city. The festival highlights LGBTQ-persons lives through a norm critical approach to arts and culture. We strive towards a world free from prejudices and discrimination, and it will be noticed all around town, says Emma Percival at West Pride.
The festival programme is hosted by museums, theatres and night clubs.
The full programme is available at westpride.se.
West Pride – Selected programme
Gothenburg – Sweden's best LGBTQ city.
When the non-profit organisation RFSL (The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights) investigated Swedish municipalities in 2014, Gothenburg came in first place. Education and the start of a LGBT-council are two of the reasons. The council has a norm critical approach and cover issues affecting LGBTQ-persons lives and human rights. The council is the first of its kind in Sweden and includes six local politicians and 13 representatives from Gothenburg, the meetings are open for everyone to attend.
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Sweden.com – Working for a gay and equal Sweden.
RFSL – information and activities.
Djungeltrumman – nightlife in Gothenburg (in Swedish). A long-time classic gay club is Gretas in the inner city, more recently joined by Wonk . The LGBTQ-friendly pub Haket, the queer club Bby at Folk or Bee Bar are other popular options.