With regard to foreign adoptions, the Ministry of Justice states: Cooperation regarding intercountry adoptions must be based on trust. This means that the limitations and terms that the countries of origin lay down must be complied with.
Sexual orientation and military service LGBT people are not banned from military service. Sweden is one of few countries worldwide to explicitly allow all LGBT people to serve openly in the military.
The text's bold letters translates to "Some things you should not have to camouflage," followed by the text "Equality is an important ingredient in a democracy. We are an inclusive organisation where all who serve and contribute should feel welcomed and respected".
But this was only allowed if one met several criteria - one had to be a Swedish citizen and 18 years old, unmarried having divorced if necessary , and have lived for two years as the opposite gender. The first one allowing legal gender change without any form of psychiatric or psychological evaluation as well as the need of a diagnosis or any kind of medical intervention.
The other one allowing sex reassignment surgery if the person applying for it submits a positive opinion from a psychiatrist. In , transgender identity or expression was added to a new unified discrimination code which came into force 1 January The Ombudsman against Discrimination on Grounds of Sexual Orientation ceased to exist on 1 January ; the Ombudsman was merged with the other Ombudsmen against discrimination into a new body: The previously existing acts against discrimination were also replaced with a new Discrimination Act.
The HomO investigated grievances of individuals and files class action suits on their behalf, for example a successful action against a restaurant owner in Stockholm who had harassed a lesbian couple.
The HomO office was key in taking a number of initiatives of its own and submitting parliamentary proposals, such as the legalisation of same-sex marriage. Blood donation[ edit ] In the autumn of , the National Board of Health and Welfare proposed that men who have sex with men should become eligible to donate blood , but only after a six-month quarantine period after sexual intercourse.
An earlier proposition in to allow MSMs to donate blood was rejected. In November , all blood banks in Sweden were instructed to begin accepting donations. However, for MSM there is a one-year deferral. Seen in the picture is the Left Party. According to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association ILGA , Sweden is one of Europe's most gay-friendly countries, with extensive legislation protecting gay and lesbian rights, including anti-discrimination law and same-sex marriage legislation.
Sweden was ranked fourth with a GHI score of Stockholm Pride is the biggest and oldest festival, and has been organized annually since