Yearly Report 2016 – a world of diversity and respect

Yearly Report 2016RFSL

We are here to make the world better for LGBTQ people. RFSL has taken big steps towards a world of diversity and respect since we were founded 66 years ago. But we still have important work ahead of us.

The members and branches

Together RFSL’s members create platforms where we support each other, share experiences and meet. RFSL now has 7287 members spread over 37 communities, and the many experiences and identities that are gathered in RFSL is the organisation’s strength. With the knowledge we share we build an inclusive movement to counteract discrimination, hate and threat, so that all LGBTQ people can be able to live on the same terms as everybody else.

Milestone in the struggle for restitution

In April 2016 it was decided that Sweden, as the first country in the world, will compensate the transsexual people who were subject to undergo forced sterilization in the process of changing legal gender. RFSL had advocated the issue for several years, and the work is not yet done.

Organisations that take responsibility

Since 2008 RFSL has certified more than 300 organisations all over Sweden. By educating norm criticism and focusing on LGBTQ people’s situation, we want to create a more inclusive working life.

RFSL’s international work

RFSL’s international unit works with addressing LGBTQ people’s rights all over the world. Together with the partner organisations we work with influencing big international organisations to guard LGBTQ people’s rights in all instances.

Hiv prevention – an area in change

Since the 1980s RFSL has worked actively with securing equal health for LGBTQ people. HIV prevention has been a corner stone in the organisation since then. In spite of big successes we see a continued need to prevent spreading and to counteract discrimination and stigma.

“En blommande Priderörelse”

During the last two years the Pride movement in Sweden has had an extra injection – and the result is a thriving movement from the north to the south.


LGBTQ people with disabilities have long been invisible. But Funkisprojektet will change that. The project’s focus is norm critical trainings and social meeting spaces for LGBTQ people at daily activities or who live in group homes.

Newcomers – network for newly arrived

One of the groups that flee from oppression and persecution are LGBTQ people. But when they come here they often lack social meeting places, guidance and information about their rights. RFSL support them through the network Newcomers and legal counsels.

The congress 2016

165 congress delegates, association board of trustees’ members, staff and members met in Malmö for three days of discussions, elections and decisions during RFSL’s congress in May 2016. During the congress Frida Sandegård was elected as a new president and Magnus Kolsjö as a vice president.

The threshold for hate crimes is lowered

Since 1998 the Crime victim support has been an important part of RFSL’s work and now it’s the hotline in Sweden with the most experience in the LGBTQ field. We see a trend in Sweden, Europe and the world where the thresholds for hate crimes against our target group are being lowered.

Download the full report below.

RFSL Yearly Report 2016 (pdf, 3,1 mb, will open in a new window)