An unofficial gay Pride parade organised by a right-wing nationalist is planned for July 29 to run through a predominantly immigrant neighbourhood with a large Muslim population.
The event is making the headlines in the country and globally for all the wrong reasons.
Pride J√§rva is organised by Jan Sjunnesson, a former editor-in-chief of Samtiden, a web-magazine owned by Sweden Democrats (SD), the anti-immigration party that became the third largest political party in the Swedish parliament following the 2014 ¬†general election.
Sjunnesson is also the editor of website Avpixlat, often described in mainstream Swedish media as a xenophobic and far-right website.
The planned parade has attracted criticism from the official Pride organisers, Sweden’s LGBT federation, and anti-racism groups.
They believe the agenda behind this parade organised by the far-right is to try to provoke Muslims in the predominantly immigrant areas.
In a joint statement released to Al Jazeera, the official Stockholm Pride and¬†the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights¬†(RFSL) said they were distancing themselves from the initiative.
“Jan Sjunnesson has for a long time made himself known as a person who’s spreading hatred towards Muslims on social media [and] who’s not supporting LGBT rights.
“The magazine Expo in February published a compilation in which they, among other things, showed how Sjunnesson … had shared an American film where Muslims were described as paedophiles and homosexuals and a ‘Satanistic threat against society’ who should be deported,” the statement said.
Sjunnesson, a¬†57-year-old father of one, told Al Jazeera he rejected the claims that he is “homophobic” and “racist”.
“I am not homophobic, the media made these remarks about me. I used to be bisexual, now I am married to an Indian woman, so I am not racist either,” he said.
“However, I am against the Islamisation of Sweden.”