Government Offices takes part in Pride
For the eight year in a row, the Government Offices is among the exhibitors at Stockholm Pride. This year the festival opens on 31 July and will run until 4 August. Stockholm Pride is the largest festival in the Nordic countries that highlights LGBT issues and creates a free zone for homosexual, bisexual, transgender and queer people. This year's theme is Together.
Efforts to promote equal rights and opportunities regardless of sexual orientation are a Government priority. The purpose of the Government's participation in Pride is to inform about work being done on issues related to LGBT people and their rights.
The Swedish Government was the first government in the world to include work on LGBT-related issues in its Statement of Government Policy. This was done in 2006.
Protection against discrimination is included in all UN human rights conventions, as pointed out in the Statement of Government Policy. In large parts of the world, LGBT people are subjected to brutal repression. It is important to strengthen UN efforts to combat this. Respect for human rights must be universal.
The Government Offices has a tent in Tantolunden during the festival week. It will be staffed every day from 2 pm.