Swedish city to put all workers through LGBT course

A municipality in Sweden is to put all 5,700 of its workers to through a course on issues affecting homosexual, bisexual, trans- and queer people.

Swedish city to put all workers through LGBT course
Revellers at Karlskrona's gay pride festival in 2014. Photo: Mattias Mattson/Karlskrona Pride/Facebook
The move will put Kalskrona municipality in southeast Sweden at the forefront of the battle to end discrimination against sexual minorities in public services. 
The municipality plans to put all staff through an online education programme and expects them to discuss the issue “continually” in workplace meetings, the Blekinge Läns Tidning reported on Friday. 
“It is extremely important that everyone understands the values which affect HBTQ peoples’ lives,”  Börje Dovstad, a municipal councillor for the Liberal party, told the newspaper. “This is a way to show that this issue is important for us. We want to increase understanding and the chance for good treatment among employees.” 
The project, which will cost around 10,000 Swedish kronor ($1,100) is part of Kalskrona’s ambition to be an “open city”, where gay, bi and trans people can feel safe, he explained. 
Staff caring for the elderly and school health services have already been HBTQ-certified after undergoing a course run by the Swedish gay rights organisation RFSL. 
The municipality does not expect all staff to receive similar certification, Dovstad added. It is also not yet clear if politicians in the municipality will also be expected to do the course. 


Teacher’s teen sex text leads to child porn stash

A school teacher from southern Sweden was charged on Thursday after the investigation into a sex-themed text message he sent to a 13-year-old student revealed over 6 hours of child porn material on his computer.

Teacher's teen sex text leads to child porn stash

The 48-year-old teacher from Karlskrona in Blekinge County was charged with child pornography crimes and the sexual harassment of a 13-year-old girl who was a student at the school where he worked.

The teacher was also found to have written messages of a sexual nature to the 13-year-old, who was reportedly one of his students, on her Facebook page.

However, despite the discovery, the local authorities chose to let the man stay on at work for two weeks before suspending him, while the girl remained absent from classes.

According to the charges, the man had been in contact with his young student via Facebook and through text messages sent to her mobile phone.

He allegedly posted messages with sexually descriptive content while urging her to do the same.

The teacher also described his own sexual fantasies and the desires he had about the girl.

When the police searched the teacher’s computer during the investigation, they found 33 downloaded child pornography films, totally more than 6 hours of footage.

The man continues to deny both the child pornography and harassment allegations.