A Stockholm (gay) Pride manager has been caught in a paedophile scandal involving a fake teenage boy persona Svenska Dagbladet's journalists established to examine the spread of child abuse on LGBT forums.
According to the newspaper, over 100 men contacted “David” when they found out that he was a 14-year-old. Within a few minutes, sex invites started “welling in”, Svenska Dagbladet wrote.
One of the men who arranged a meeting with the fictitious boy was a Stockholm Pride manager, whom the newspaper described as a “key person in the (gay) Pride Movement”. According to the newspaper, the man talked about BDSM sex with the boy and promised to “teach him everything”. He also asked intimate questions about sex and described himself as “dominant” while expressing his desire to meet the boy for sex. The man also asked “David” to send photographs and videos of his body.
“The board and management of Stockholm Pride currently have no knowledge of the connection between the man in the article and Stockholm Pride. Should it turn out that it is a person working within our organisation, we will take powerful measures immediately. We are now investigating the issue further internally”, Stockholm Pride said in a press release, pointing that the man's actions constitute illegal grooming.
Svenska Dagbladet identified another man who tried to meet “David” at Sergels Torg square as a senior manager at the Foreign Ministry, which, however, declined to comment the information.
Sweden has the most LGBT pride festivals per capita of any place in the world, with over 30 different celebrations going on throughout the country. The biggest and best known is Stockholm Pride, the largest LGBT celebration in Scandinavia since 1998. The Swedish LGBT community enjoys the support of the country's leading politicians and political parties, most high-ranking officials and even even key institutions such as the Armed Forces, which last year held a pro-LGBT campaign titled We Don't Always March Straight.