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West Pride and Way Out West begin a partnership

This year Way Out West and West Pride begin a partnership. Now more than ever we need to stand in solidarity, making a clear stand for human rights. West Pride will begin this collaboration by working with Way Out West to award them a LGBTQ diploma.

Sweden legalised homosexuality in 1944.

The UN human rights declaration was accepted in 1948, a document that states that all humans are of equal worth.

Sweden no longer defined homosexuality as a disease in 1979.

Sweden was the first country in the world to offer a new legal gender acknowledgment and gender reassignment treatment, despite that fact that Sweden required forced sterilisation of all trans-persons until 2013.

How can we create a society where all people can co-exist on the same terms, in a country where only 50% of LGBTQ people are open about their sexuality and gender identity in the work place?

– West Pride is not about “all love is good love”. It’s about rights and living conditions that are not equal, be it here or in the rest of the world, says Alex Snäckerström – Euro-Pride co-ordinator at West Pride.

– This collaboration is really exciting and I look forward to a very fruitful exchange and to seeing what we can contribute to each other’s festivals, says Rebecka Adin – Director of West Pride.

– We have worked with sustainability in different forms for a long time, last year the focus was on social sustainability. All people are of equal value but unfortunately that’s not how the world looks right now. We will take a holistic approach to make Way Out West a festival that stands up for LGBTQ people and their allies, says Ingrid Lundberg from Luger – Organisers of Way Out West.

Increased knowledge and insight is the key to most things. To begin Way Out West will go through West Prides LGBTQ diploma education, after that we will continue to work together and use our platforms and organisations to create a ripple effect towards a movement that stands up for each other and equal human rights.

Together,

Way Out West & West Pride

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