Why Sweden Is Introducing Its First LGBT-Certified Arena

Sweden will have its first LGBT-certified arena in Uppsala soon.
Sweden will have its first LGBT-certified arena in Uppsala soon. | © Uppsala Kommun Sport

Stockholm Hub Writer

Gender inclusivity is continuing to spread throughout the world and Sweden has been at the forefront of gender rights for all individuals. Due to its commitment to inclusivity in the LGBT community, Sweden has decided to have its first LGBT-certified arena – but what does that mean?

Adapting to the times

Sweden has developed a pattern of inclusivity throughout the years. In 1944, Sweden legalised homosexual relationships and then gender change became legal in the Nordic country 28 years later. After several more decades, Sweden legalised gay marriage in 2009. Due to the many monumental legislations, Sweden became known for being an LGBT-friendly nation, and now it will soon have its first LGBT-certified arena.

This a layout of what the new LGBT-certified arena will look like in Uppsala.

What is changing?

Danne Eriksson, the municipality’s marketing director for sport and leisure, told Swedish newspaper The Local: “Uppsala municipality aims to be open and inclusive, where everyone has the same rights and possibilities.”

Since Uppsala has one of the largest student populations in the country, it is important that students from all over the world who decide to come and study at Uppsala feel included.

This new LGBT-certified arena will host football games and concerts!

This is not the first time Sweden has introduced an LGBT-certified space. Back in 2015, Sweden opened its first LGBT-certified swimming pool that was specially designed with changing rooms made for members of the LGBT community, people with disabilities, and for individuals who would like more privacy.

As the times change, Sweden continues to be a global leader for LGBT rights and the commitment towards equality, and we don’t see that changing anytime soon.

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