What makes a city LGBTQI friendly? A wide range of queer bars and clubs, a unique LGBTQI council, rainbow coloured streets and trams or an open atmosphere?
Sweden in general is considered a very LGBT+ friendly destination – we were ranked the safest country in the world in the 2019 LGBTQ+ Danger Index. But perhaps it’s the combination of all these things that makes Gothenburg stand out, even here, among the LGBT+ community’s favourites. The non-profit organisation RFSL has named it the best LGBT+ city in Sweden, and the British LGBT Awards put it among it top 10 LGBT+ destinations.
“A fabulous all year-round escape for curious gay and lesbian travellers”
– British LGBT Awards 2018
West Pride and the rainbow coloured city
Gothenburg’s own pride festival West Pride has been around since 2007. The festival takes place in June every year and boasts hundreds of events, with the Rainbow parade as a given highlight.
– West Pride makes Gothenburg an even more open and inclusive city. The festival highlights LGBTQI persons’ lives through a norm critical approach to arts and culture, says Emma Percival at West Pride.
During the two weeks leading up to West Pride, all of Gothenburg sports rainbow colours on flags, trams, and more. The square Gustaf Adolfs torg is filled with the city’s own rainbow flags, and many comapnies and organisations join in the celebrations.
Homophobiatherapy – a self-help therapy against trans-, bi- and homophobia
In 2019, West Pride launchef the initiative Homophobiarherapy – a self-help therapy in eight steps based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to counteract homo-, bi- and transphobia. Read more at homophobiatherapy.com and listen to the eigth steps on Spotify.
Reclaim Pride – pride festival at The Musuem of World Culture on August 23–24 2019
Misterb&b – book LGBT+I friendly accomodation
RFSL Göteborg – non-profit organisation that acts as a community and support group, as well as working with campaigns and public awareness
Newcomers – network for LGBT+ migrants and refugees
Mötesplats Simone – non-profit organisation for women and people on the trans spectrum between 13 and 30
Transammans Väst – organisation for transgender people and their families, that arranges social events and support groups
Lesbisk Frukost Göteborg – in Swedish “Lesbian Breakfast Gothenburg”, breakfasts focusing on lesbianity at Frilagret
Queer Angle – podcast and community for LGBT+ people and their allies
Gothenburg Queer Lindy Festival – lindyhop festival without heteronormative roles
StandOut Travel – an LGBT+ travel and wedding agency, arranging guided tours, private tours, business trips, weddings and events
Queerkalendern Göteborg – Instagram account that guides to LGBT+ events in Gothenburg
Salong Qlipp – hairdressers who cut queer people’s hair for free
Homan Göteborg – LGBTQI association for immigrants
House of Colors – meeting place on Hisingen for young LGBT+ people
Queer Up! – queer separatist group who arrange various activities
LGBTQ Students Gothenburg – for LGBT+ students at the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology
EKHO – organistion for Christian LGBT+ people