The book begins with a story from one of the author's first encounters with the odd nightlife in Stockholm in the mid-1980 century, when she was about to leave the closet for the first time. She and other gays were gathered in a dilapidated building in an outskirts, while the AIDS epidemic, or homo pest, as it was often called, ravaged the worst. Sörberg describes a rather marginalized assembly of deviants, whom she both felt sorry for and felt ashamed of being associated with. Since then, the tolerance of gays and lesbians has apparently exploded in the Western world, both in terms of formal rights and cultural recognition, and acceptance of gays, lesbians and equals has become an important part of many Western nations' self-image.
Right-hand embrace. In recent years, nationalist groups and right-wing populists, who have historically stood for a Christian conservative view of values, have emerged as more gay-friendly. The Front National in France is a telling example of this. They have a clear Christian conservative background, while at the same time they do not hesitate to accuse Muslims of being hostile to gays and women and a threat to values they themselves have in the past. . .
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