Swedish town rebels against LGBT rainbow flag on city hall

A municipality in Sweden determined to stop flying LGBT pleasure flags on public buildings, after conservative events took over the city council.

The town of Solvesborg in southeastern Sweden has voted to cease hoisting the rainbow-colored flag on the city hall each August throughout Stockholm Pride, the annual LGBT-themed pageant held within the nation’s capital. From now on, solely native and nationwide flags are allowed on public buildings.

The concept of flying the Pride colours was launched in 2013, when the city council was led by the center-left Social Democrats. But now the city is managed by conservative Swedish Democrats (SD) and three different right-leaning events, who determined to revise the native flag code.

“Tradition is important to us, and I know many of our older residents share this view,” Mayor Louise Erixon (SD) defined the transfer to discard the Pride flag.

Not everyone seems to be proud of the brand new flag coverage, although. Politician and LGBT-themed occasion organizer Sophia Ahlin scolded her colleagues within the Moderate Party who sided with SD against the Pride Flag. “Their decision goes completely against what the Moderates stand for in terms of equality of all people,” she argued.

Having legalized same-sex marriage in 2009, Sweden is taken into account to be a largely liberal and LGBTQ-friendly nation. However, Solvesborg with its inhabitants of round 9,000 is usually described within the media as an instance of conservatism gaining popularity in Sweden’s countryside. The chief of the Swedish Democrats, Jimmie Akesson, grew up within the town, whereas mayor Erixon is his companion. He wrote in an Instagram publish that no flags of political significance can be hoisted on city hall.