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Tuesday, 03 July 2018 22:14

Sweden gets its first LGBT-certified stadium

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Sweden has its first LGBT-certified sports stadium in Uppsala, a city located a few kilometers from the capital Stockholm.

This LGBT certification means that all restrooms and locker rooms are adapted to provide accessibility options that respect the gender identity of athletes and spectators.

The stadium staff has also been trained in LGBT issues to accommodate LGBT people at best.

The Studenternas stadium is versatile. It hosts sports matches, including soccer matches, but also concerts and other important events.

"The municipality of Uppsala aims to be open and inclusive, where everyone has the same rights and opportunities," Danne Eriksson, the municipality's director of marketing for sport and recreation, told The Local.

"We want to ensure equal treatment in all areas, regardless of gender, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation."

The goals of LGBT certification in this stadium are "to increase the sense of belonging, comfort, and security" as well as "to improve knowledge and understanding of LGBT people and equality."

An LGBT certificate is valid for two years and can be renewed.

The Studenternas stadium becomes Sweden's first LGBT-certified sports stadium, but may not be the last.

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