The Swedish Armed Forces wants to be an inclusive organisation.
In recruitment ad campaigns the Swedish Armed Forces says ‘come as you are’. Mikael Wallentin Åström joined the military as a conscript in 2006 and is now the advisor to a lieutenant general.
We spoke to him at Stockholm Pride about life as a gay man in the army.
Related stories from around the North:
Canada: Indigenous LGBTQ issues discussed at inquiry into violence against Indigenous women, in Northern Canada, CBC News
Finland: Sámi pride festival to move from Finland to Norway in protest against church, Yle News
Norway: Arctic LGBT communities meet in northern Norway for Pride parade, The Independent Barents Observer