Struggling With Pleasure

Queer Life in Gothenburg, Sweden

Colourful enhancement of navigation mark at the sea-approach to Gothenburg.
photo: Linda Lönnkvist
Three brides getting married in the rainbow section at the multi-cultural carnival in Hammarkullen - a suburb of Gothenburg. Every 20:th metre the brides exchanged rings.
photo: Hendrik Zeitler
Gothenburg-based drag show and performance art group "Pink Shock In The Black Block (Revolutionaries)" performing at Euro Pride, Oslo, Norway, 2005.
photo: ?
Niklas, tram-driver
Lesbiska chaufförer och fjolliga frisörer, tillsammans drar vi lassen åt heteroöverklassen!
(Lesbian truckers and gay hair-dressers, together we slave for the straight upper classes!)

photo: Mats Råsmark
Anna, librarian
Out of the closets and into the libraries!
photo: Mats Råsmark
Orlando, artist and dragking (character's name is Paul)
Glöm det gamla heterotjötet, Kom o bli flata med oss i Götet!
(Forget your old heteronagging, come and be a dyke with us in Götet! Götet=Dialectal abbreviation for Göteborg)

photo: Sara Lindquist
Bettina, pärlplatteterrorist (hama-beads terrorist)
Definitions define limit!
photo: Mats Råsmark

Anarka Råsa, poet and massage therapist
God loves me!
photo: Zafire Vrba
Tim, mountain-bike pro and composter
No person has the right to decide another person's sex or gender!
photo: Hendrik Zeitler
Eddie, boyband star, cartoonist and B-girltoboy
Om jag inte kan göra revolution till det är det inte mitt disco! (If I can't make revolution to it, it's not my kind of disco!)
photo: self-portrait
Mats, talkshow-host and gay partisan
Organise and smash the straight!
photo: Sara Persson
World record in gay kiss-in. The network "Hångla Mera" (Let's Make Out More) celebrating Valentine's Day 2005 by making out in public.
photo: Anna Hallberg
The network "Hångla Mera" (Let's Make Out More) celebrating Valentine's Day 2005 by making out in public. Single participants were matched together and both couples and larger groups were kissing.
photo: ?
Collection of radical Hama-beads-art. Translations from Swedish: "gender anarchy", "pussy-power to the people", "all power to the lesbians", "dyke-party".
photo: Mats Råsmark
Drag kings of Könsanarki
photo: Könsanarki
Hot young stud in the rough areas near the harbour of Gothenburg.
photo: Zafire Vrba
Members of gay424 - a self-defence- and support group for queers in the northeastern suburb of Gothenburg. The photo is from a famous multi-cultural carnival in the suburb Hammarkullen. Gay424 has a rainbow section in the parade.
photo: Hendrik Zeitler
The multi-cultural carnival in Hammarkullen - a suburb of Gothenburg. The feminist dancers from "Fittcrew Ballet" are part of the rainbow section in the parade.
photo: Hendrik Zeitler
Three brides getting married in the rainbow section at the multi-cultural carnival in Hammarkullen - a suburb of Gothenburg. Every 20:th metre the brides exchanged rings.
photo: Hendrik Zeitler
"Gay424" - a self-defence- and support group for queers in the northeastern suburbs of Gotheburg. 424 is the postal code of the neighbourhood.
photo: Hendrik Zeitler
A tribute to gay424 - a piece of graffiti from the northeastern suburbs of Gotheburg.
photo: Mats Råsmark
Members of "Könsanarki" - a feminist anarchist group for queer women in Gotheburg. Könsanarki means Gender Anarchy.
photo: ?
Members of "Fjollfront" - a left wing group for queer men in Gotheburg. Signs from left: "Nuclear family - No thanks", "It's never too late to turn homosexual", no translation, "For a different economy of bodies and pleasures."
photo: Magdalena Sjögren
"Könsanarki" and "Fjollfront" - two anarchist groups for queers - at a feminist festival at the University of Gothenburg.
photo: Zafire Vrba
Members of Boykings, a dragking performance group, based in Gothenburg. Text on the banner: "Queerkids, Sexes are lies".
photo: ?
Boykings - a dragking performance group, based in Gothenburg.
photo: Grunden Media
Members of Boykings getting ready for the stage.
photo: Boykings
Local drag king Paul posing on the bus.
photo: ?
Gay excursion to the rural areas outside Gothenburg, studying ancient remains and socialising with the cattle.
photo: Mats Råsmark
Canoeing at gay excursion to nature reserve close to the north-east suburbs of Gothenburg.
photo: Tina Sael
Gothenburg-based drag show and performance art group "Pink Shock In The Black Block (Revolutionaries)" performing at Euro Pride, Oslo, Norway, 2005.
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Member of drag show and performance art group "Pink Shock In The Black Block (Revolutionaries)"
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Gothenburg-based drag show and performance art group "Pink Shock In The Black Block (Revolutionaries)" performing at Euro Pride, Oslo, Norway, 2005.
photo: ?
Member of drag show and performance art group "Pink Shock In The Black Block (Revolutionaries)".
photo: Zafire Vrba
Lesbians parading through downtown Gothenburg. The parade is part of the annual Lesbian Festival.
photo: Mats Råsmark
Lesbians parading through downtown Gothenburg. The parade is part of the annual Lesbian Festival.
photo: Mats Råsmark
Lesbians parading through downtown Gothenburg. The parade is part of the annual Lesbian Festival.
photo: ?
Feminist hip-hop collective "Fittcrew Ballet" dancing at the annual Lesbian Festival in Gothenburg.
photo: Mats Råsmark
Lesbian ceremonial choir Tribaderna (the Tribades) celebrating the Swedish traditional festival Lucia with a queer touch. (Lucia is generally celebrated in the winter.)
photo: Mats Råsmark
Lesbian ceremonial choir Tribaderna (the Tribades) at photosession.
photo: Angelica Beran
Lesbian ceremonial choir Tribaderna (the Tribades) singing at the release of their latest CD.
photo: Zafire Vrba
Lesbian ceremonial choir Tribaderna (the Tribades) in the studio.
photo: Angelica Beran
Queer activists taking over a tram for a day, de-heterosexualising public transport and providing free rides for all queers.
photo: Mario Prhat
Queer activists taking over a tram for a day, de-heterosexualising public transport and providing free rides for all queers.
photo: Mario Prhat
Member of "Könsanarki" - a feminist anarchist group for queer women - and view over the city of Gotheburg.
photo: Mats Råsmark
Queer activists posing at promotional photosession for DIY-produced line of radical clothing. Text on T-shirts, from left: "Run over all sex-roles", "Gay militance", "Revolution is my girlfriend"
photo: Mats Råsmark