Open Moderates

Open Moderates (Swedish: Öppna Moderater), officially Open Moderates – The Moderate Party's LGBT-federation (Swedish: Öppna Moderater – Moderaternas hbt-förbund), is the LGBT-wing of the Swedish Moderate Party. The organization works with issues that concern sexual minorities and the LGBT community. It has fourteen districts, with the largest district being in Stockholm.

Open Moderates
Öppna Moderater
A logo with the words "Öppna Moderater" on it spelled in light blue with a heart on the top-left side of the logo in yellow
Open Moderates logo
Formation1979/2001
Founded atSweden
TypeLGBT organization
Legal statusActive
PurposeLGBT conservatism
Liberal conservatism
HeadquartersBlasieholmsgatan 4A, Stockholm
Location
Fieldspolitics
Official language
Swedish
Chairman
Kim Nilsson
Vice-chairman
Tobias Björk
Sophia Ahlin
AffiliationsModerate Party
Websiteoppnamoderater.se

HistoryEdit

The organization started as a network in 1979 under the name Gay Moderates (Swedish: Gaymoderaterna). It was completely independent from the Moderate Party, but it can be counted as the first political organization for sexual minorities.

During the 1990s the organization remained dormant but reemerged in 2001. The party changed its name to Open Moderates – The Moderate Party's Gay Network (Swedish: Öppna Moderater - moderaternas gaynätverk) after the 2003 meeting.[1] The name was chosen to show that the network worked for all part of the LGBTQ community, and that the organization was open for everybody, no matter sexual orientation or gender identity as long as the Moderate's core values were respected.[2] In 2012 the organization was renamed Open Moderates – The Moderate Party's LGBT-federation (Swedish: Öppna Moderater – Moderaternas hbt-förbund) and became a more formel part of the Moderate Party.[3]

OperationEdit

The Open Moderates works both within the Moderates and externally. The aim is to influence the Moderates and Moderate politicians to pursue LGBTQ policies with a focus on diversity, equal treatment, and the rights of the individual. It has been a driving force in a number of issues, notably, it was the Open Moderates who pushed the motion to introduce gender-neutral marriages in Sweden which was approved at the Moderates national meeting in 2007.

Every year the Open Moderates together with the Moderates organize pride parades, notably Stockholm Pride, West Pride in Gothenburg and the Rainbow Festival (Swedish: Regnbågsfestivalen in Malmö, as well as other parades across the country.

Open Moderates are members of the European Centre-Right LGBT+ Alliance, a network of LGBT organizations within the European People's Party from nine different countries.

LeadershipEdit

The chairman of Open Moderates is Kim Nilsson who was elected in 2019.[4] There are also two vice-chairmen, Tobias Björk and Sophia Ahlin. Among passed board members there is, among others, the former migration minister Tobias Billström.

ChairmenEdit

  • Ole-Jörgen Persson, 2001–2004
  • Anita Hillerström Vagli, 2004–2007
  • Christer G. Wennerholm, 2007–2011
  • Fredrik Saweståhl, 2011–2019
  • Kim Nilsson, 2019–

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gaymoderater blir öppna". qx.se (in Swedish). Stockholm: QX. 18 February 2003. Archived from the original on 24 August 2021. Retrieved 24 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Stadgar". oppnamoderater.se (in Swedish). Open Moderates. Archived from the original on 24 August 2021. Retrieved 24 August 2021.
  3. ^ "Öppna moderater blir del av partiet". qx.se (in Swedish). QX. 18 October 2015. Archived from the original on 24 August 2021. Retrieved 24 August 2021.
  4. ^ "Kim Nilsson ny ordförande för Öppna moderater". qx.se (in Swedish). QX. 30 April 2019. Archived from the original on 24 August 2021. Retrieved 24 August 2021.

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