Lina Lindström

Lina Lindström

is @sweden 2017-05-22 to 2017-05-29

I’m Lina Landström, @landstromlina, a queer Christian activist, dog owner, student, social worker and Swede in exile. Born and raised in Gävle, I first moved to the US in 2009, where I spent a term in Kansas as an exchange student. After a few years back in Gävle, I dropped out of high school and moved to California, where I spent a year at community college. Then I moved to Stockholm, and during the following two years became a dog owner and certified personal trainer, while working simultaneously as a high school teacher and personal trainer.

Aside from that, I’m also an activist, and I’ve spent many hours working for different organisations – including the Swedish Centre Party. I’m a former regional vice president in the Centre Party Youth Group of Stockholm, and I’m the founder of the Centre Party Youth Group national LGBTQ+ network. 

In 2015 I decided to move back to the US. I first spent a year in Los Angeles, where I graduated community college in June of 2016 with an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioural Sciences with highest honours. I spent the summer of 2016 as a social worker for elderly care in Gävle – a job I keep returning to during my school breaks – before moving to New York in the fall, where I continue my studies at Eugene Lang College of The New School. I’m majoring in Sociology, double-minoring in Gender studies and Religious studies, and I’m set to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts the spring of 2018. After that, my current plan is to pursue a Master’s in Theological Studies and eventually head towards a PhD – but I’ve changed my mind about the future many times in the past few years, so if you ask me again in a couple of months I might have yet another plan.

A big part of me is my queer Christian identity. I’m a member of the Church of the Village, a progressive United Methodist Church in Greenwich Village, and that community is a big part of my life in New York. During my week as a curator of @sweden, we’ll talk quite a bit about queer theology, queer Christianity and what it means to be a part of two communities that, according to many, are each other’s worst enemies.

We’ll also talk about what it means to be a part of a political youth group in Sweden, what it’s like being a Swedish social worker and quite a bit about my adorable rescue dog Mio, who is accompanying me on all my adventures. Don’t be surprised if things related to One Direction, Eurovision or Adam Lambert show up in the feed as well.
If you want to connect, don’t hesitate to reach out in any of my social media channels. I am @landstromlina on the platforms I use; Twitter and Instagram is where you’ll get the fastest replies:

Also, if you identify as a queer person of faith, please check out this Facebook group I started not long ago:

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All tweets from this week's Curator of Sweden

@sweden May 24, 2017, 2:58 p.m.

@StyreF I probably should! Sometimes I just write a little too fast😁🙈

@sweden May 24, 2017, 2:58 p.m.

@EarrapeMasterTM @Ghost2501uk Don't want to get into politics, but let me give you a diplomatic answer ;) I think t…

@sweden May 24, 2017, 2:57 p.m.

@muhitreza No! She's a social democrat :)

@sweden May 24, 2017, 2:32 p.m.

@travelsandbooks Live and study in the US! (NYC) In Sweden for the summer though :)

@sweden May 24, 2017, 2:30 p.m.

@is_okeh Yeah, it was a great experience and I'm very grateful!!

@sweden May 24, 2017, 2:29 p.m.

@Ghost2501uk Center/slightly right of center :)

@sweden May 24, 2017, 2:28 p.m.

@TanFab4 It is!! Fantastic though. Google it! Watch some vids!! It's worth it😁

@sweden May 24, 2017, 2:27 p.m.

Sorry! I knew that... I always have to think twice about whose/whom, still doesn't come naturally!

@sweden May 24, 2017, 2:25 p.m.

I'll serve to offer encouragement and help to newer members!

@sweden May 24, 2017, 2:25 p.m.

So this weekend I'm honored to serve, together with a few other "old foxes," as "stämmosnällis." Like a kind elder😁

@sweden May 24, 2017, 2:24 p.m.

I have yet to realize I'm one of those older members, whose been around for awhile and seen a lot....

@sweden May 24, 2017, 2:23 p.m.

Can't believe it's been 7 years, and that I'm now seen as an "gammal räv" ("old fox" = old in the game).

@sweden May 24, 2017, 2:23 p.m.

It's likely to be my last convention with the youth group😢 I'm so grateful for the years in the organization, it really raised me well!!

@sweden May 24, 2017, 2:22 p.m.

It'll be great seeing everybody again, and all the new people I've yet to know! Also, these conferences are always a ton of fun😁

@sweden May 24, 2017, 2:21 p.m.

So that's where I'm heading! It's the first major national conference I've been to with the youth group since 2015, so I'm excited!!

@sweden May 24, 2017, 2:20 p.m.

BUT, this weekend we (the youth group) have our annual national convention, where we decide on our politics!

@sweden May 24, 2017, 2:20 p.m.

However, since I don't live in Sweden anymore I've left all positions and only work a little bit with the main party now.

@sweden May 24, 2017, 2:19 p.m.

Among others, I've been regional Vice President in the Stockholm region, and in 2014 I founded the national LGBTQ Network.

@sweden May 24, 2017, 2:19 p.m.

I've been a member since 2010, and mostly I've been working in the political youth group, where I've had several positions.

@sweden May 24, 2017, 2:18 p.m.

Let me explain what conference I'm heading to: As you might know, I'm a member of the Swedish political party "Centerpartiet."

@sweden May 24, 2017, 2:18 p.m.

On the train now, leaving Gävle and heading towards Huskvarna, with a stop in Stockholm!

@sweden May 24, 2017, 2:07 p.m.

Last dog pics before I head to the conference! Way bye to Mio!! (He'll stay with my mom over the weekend!😊)

@sweden May 24, 2017, 2:06 p.m.

@MelPolilla @joeledgerton1 Is this where I don't reveal I have no idea who @joeledgerton1 is?🤔🙈

@sweden May 24, 2017, 1:26 p.m.

@joannamuses Oh, I thought we were talking about euphoria! For statements, I don't know the process, but yes I agree!

@sweden May 24, 2017, 1:26 p.m.

RT @LantiSpitfire: @sweden That's weird that Mother's Day is pretty much the same outside of UK/ IE, but Father's Day is all over tge place…

@sweden May 24, 2017, 1:23 p.m.

@joannamuses Sometimes it's just a good/magical song! Actually, it was originally intended to be performed by Danny…

@sweden May 24, 2017, 1:16 p.m.

A diversity. So we listed them a little based on who'd like it. Like "this is for the kids," "older audience" etc.

@sweden May 24, 2017, 1:15 p.m.

Yes, some of the songs I liked did end up in the show! We were asked to think of finding something for everybody.

@sweden May 24, 2017, 1:14 p.m.

@joannamuses @JamesFluker Haha, can imagine!!😂😂😂

@sweden May 24, 2017, 1:14 p.m.

@JamesFluker @joannamuses Actually no, but that probably only supports your argument😉

@sweden May 24, 2017, 1:07 p.m.

@JamesFluker @joannamuses Sorry, that was a reply to Joanna! But I hope NZ will join the party soon too😉

@sweden May 24, 2017, 1:04 p.m.

@Gavin_J_Porter @Australia We're very very proud! ABBA is one of our greatest creations in history❤️

@sweden May 24, 2017, 1:04 p.m.

@joannamuses @JamesFluker Lol, I love Australia's role in this thing! You're almost nerdier than us swedes, and we'…

@sweden May 24, 2017, 1:03 p.m.

@joannamuses @DrJessC OMG that sounds amazing!! @DrJessC, I'd be happy to talk to you and get to read your work (ev…

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:55 p.m.

RT @Alphaglitchgirl: @sweden I saw different generations, genders, races all dancing to the same songs whilst smiling. Truly amazing

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:52 p.m.

RT @Alphaglitchgirl: @sweden I'm a Brit and I went to see Melfest this year. It really does unite people from all walks of life :)

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:52 p.m.

So, I set my phone to an alarm to ring six months later, and then in June of 2014 I sent an email and was selected!😁

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:51 p.m.

They had an article out in December or so that "if you want to be a part of the jury, send an email to x after June…

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:50 p.m.

@soestpirat Go through some of my previous tweets, but also keep following! We'll be talking more about it throughout the week :)

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:49 p.m.

Then around December the artists and songs are revealed at a press conference!

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:49 p.m.

Some of those not chosen by the jury might be selected afterwards by Björkman instead too.

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:49 p.m.

If I was unclear earlier: the jury chooses songs based off demos that artists/record companies/song writers has sent in.

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:48 p.m.

They may request artists/songs from record companies, or talk to artists they want to be a part of the show.

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:47 p.m.

The rest (13 songs) are chosen by the general, and our Melodifestivalen God, Christer Björkman, and "his people."

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:46 p.m.

I was in the jury that chose the songs for 2015! It was an AMAZING experience, I had so much fun and learned so much❤️❤️❤️

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:45 p.m.

for awhile, like writing the script, choreograph, dance, or such. Some work in radio. And then some are "every day people" (Mello-nerds).

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:45 p.m.

14 (half) are selected by a jury of maybe 20 or so(?) people from all walks of life. Some have been working with Melodifestivalen

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:43 p.m.

There are 28 competing songs. One of them is selected from a radio-song-competition that runs over the summer each year.

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:43 p.m.

So, this too has changed over the years, but I'll speak to how it is right now, and has been since 2014 or so.

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:42 p.m.

Ah!! I've actually been a part of selecting songs one year, so this I definitely can talk more about!

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:41 p.m.

Gosh, I'm seriously tone-deaf, so I'm not sure I'm the right person to answer this! Although, we definitely have ma…

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:40 p.m.

RT @shining_nick: @sweden me too!! as someone studying sociology right now (albeit as a secondary program), eurovision is RICH with content…

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:36 p.m.

@NilssonNils89 Because it affects my life to a large extent, and people are still hurt and killed due to whom they are attracted to.

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:35 p.m.

RT @JamesFluker: @sweden My fiancée and I want to visit Sweden again solely to attend all of Melodifestivalen one year. We throw parties ev…

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:34 p.m.

RT @JamesFluker: @sweden It also produced this beauty... my Swedish husband (or one of) ❤❤❤

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:34 p.m.

It's got many interesting layers though! Uniting cultures/countries, the power of music, the political aspect, LGBTQ issues...

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:33 p.m.

Actually been wanting to do a sociological research paper on Melodifestivalen/Eurovision, but have yet to do so.

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:33 p.m.

Questions? Like there's SO MUCH MORE, but it's also something you gotta experience to get. It's indescribable!

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:29 p.m.

ABBA competed and won in the 1970s, which is how they got their big break.

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:28 p.m.

It's also a very gay(-friendly) thing, like another pride festival (a little like musicals), but it's also family friendly!

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:27 p.m.

Melodifestivalen is kind of sacred to many swedes - and then there's those who make a point out of how little they care.

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:26 p.m.

Song Contest that takes place in May of every year.

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:26 p.m.

Although the competition has changed over time, it has existed since the mid-1900s. The winner gets to represent Sweden in Eurovision

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:26 p.m.

Well: Melodifestivalen is a 6 week long song contest that's live every Saturday from February to mid-March.

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:25 p.m.

How to describe Melodifestivalen?!🤔 Where does one start?!

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:24 p.m.

It's honestly a little off-season to talk about Melodifestivalen, but I'm a true nerd so it's never off-season to me!🤓😁

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:23 p.m.

Before anything else, I thought I should keep my promise to @TanFab4 and talk about Melodifestivalen for a little bit!

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:22 p.m.

Okay friends, workday over! I'm home to have lunch and walk my dog, then off to conference.

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:21 p.m.

@JK1440 Oh no, you discovered our agenda😉

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:20 p.m.

RT @Fluffigtrosa: @sweden iirc we only have two non-christian holidays, nationaldagen and midsommarafton.

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:19 p.m.

Absolutely true! But it's still the reason behind why we have the day off.

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:16 p.m.

@JK1440 That's amazing! You're more than welcome if you decide to😁😘

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:15 p.m.

RT @gsonderby: @grknzrstrr @HallingAnders @Enslave @sweden @Picowlo @cmbsweden While that's also the Danish official term, it does occasion…

@sweden May 24, 2017, 12:13 p.m.

RT @pauldunphy: Take care of each other today. Take care of yourself. Repeat. Everyday. #TweetSomethingBeautiful! #WednesdayWisdom https:…

@sweden May 24, 2017, 10:13 a.m.

RT @grodaeu: @Issybelle99 @sweden It's the opposite. In November you really need some drawings from the kids or whatever the celebration is

@sweden May 24, 2017, 10:12 a.m.

@Alfa2711 Don't speak French (unfortunately) and the google translate only made it more confusing! You don't have M…

@sweden May 24, 2017, 10:11 a.m.

@jon_ett What happens after death?

@sweden May 24, 2017, 10:10 a.m.

@JackdeReduvo Ah! It's interesting how it's spread out among countries. Never knew Australia had it in September!

@sweden May 24, 2017, 10:09 a.m.

@jon_ett Faith is hard to explain, but there are also many things science/"evidence" can't explain that my faith/re…

@sweden May 24, 2017, 10:08 a.m.

@JK1440 I'm glad you liked it!😁

@sweden May 24, 2017, 10:08 a.m.

RT @thespacepal: @Enslave @sweden @Picowlo @cmbsweden And here he is, off at some speed (or is that the fart?)

@sweden May 24, 2017, 10:08 a.m.

RT @HallingAnders: @Enslave @sweden @Picowlo @cmbsweden In Norwegian commonly called "himmelspretten", at least by non-religious people. Li…

@sweden May 24, 2017, 10:08 a.m.

RT @Issybelle99: @sweden Swedish dads get cheated. Nov is an ugly month here...nicer to have June Father's Day like the US. Nice weather =…

@sweden May 24, 2017, 10:07 a.m.

@TanFab4 @JamesFluker @swedense @SVTmelfest OMG we gotta talk about Melodifestivalen!! I'll teach you ALL ABOUT IT!😁

@sweden May 24, 2017, 9:47 a.m.

@JackdeReduvo That sounds like what it is in the us!

@sweden May 24, 2017, 9:47 a.m.

@JK1440 We also do "fika" (coffee break with pastries) twice a day😁👍🏼

@sweden May 24, 2017, 9:19 a.m.

RT @Enslave: @Picowlo @sweden @cmbsweden "Kristus reser till himlen-dag"? :D It's "Kristi-flygare!" "Christ-flyer" :D

@sweden May 24, 2017, 9:19 a.m.

Huh! We have Mother's Day on Sunday, but Father's Day ain't until November!!

@sweden May 24, 2017, 9:18 a.m.

@joborg Sweden is complicated... We pride ourselves on being very secular, but ain't really. It's hilarious, tell m…

@sweden May 24, 2017, 9:18 a.m.

RT @azder: @jp_euro @sweden what's wrong with may day, womanss day, father's and mother's days, even new years... tree day anyone?

@sweden May 24, 2017, 9:17 a.m.

@RunningBecky I hear you!!! Mine was May 20, although they actually took my name away a decade or so ago to make sp…

@sweden May 24, 2017, 9:16 a.m.

RT @Picowlo: @cmbsweden @sweden It's Ascension Day.. Or as they say here. 'Christ travels to heaven day'. #kristihimmelfarts

@sweden May 24, 2017, 9:16 a.m.

@pariprepp Nope! But I carry bandaids and a whistle with me at all times😁😉

@sweden May 24, 2017, 9:16 a.m.

@nb1316 Ah, hard question!! Probably Sweden on a more general level, but it largely depends on where in each country you live!!

@sweden May 24, 2017, 9:14 a.m.

@JanJoostBouwman I see! I think the crusades and long history of Christianity embedded culturally in the history of…

@sweden May 24, 2017, 9:14 a.m.

@JanJoostBouwman That's fantastic! LOVE Stockholm, such a beautiful city😍

@sweden May 24, 2017, 9:13 a.m.

@SebKrantz @Pontuus999 True! Have gained like 70 followers already😁 (Although I have far from "many"!)

@sweden May 24, 2017, 7:23 a.m.

@adchjo Fair!😁 Good luck with your exam!!

@sweden May 24, 2017, 7:22 a.m.

@TanFab4 @swedense We'd be happy to have you!😘

@sweden May 24, 2017, 7:22 a.m.

RT @FelipeGarciaVR: @sweden enjoy your red day! Here in the US we have a red day on Monday: Memorial Day

@sweden May 24, 2017, 7:20 a.m.

RT @adchjo: @sweden All students? I bet to differ. I have an exam on friday. Don't forget to tell the followers that Kristi Himmelsfärd is…

@sweden May 24, 2017, 7:20 a.m.

@adchjo Really?! But you must be in university then?

@sweden May 24, 2017, 7:14 a.m.

@Roman_Kraut Sweden is a peculiar culture. We're not much for priding ourselves!

@sweden May 24, 2017, 7:14 a.m.

@Oj_vilket_liv @jaakkookulta Really? I've learned it was a bunch of politicians and scholars! Please elaborate?

@sweden May 24, 2017, 7:12 a.m.

RT @perwahl84: @sweden Also known as Clam Day!

@sweden May 24, 2017, 7:12 a.m.

RT @jp_euro: @sweden Well even we the atheists need excuse to take some days off :)

@sweden May 24, 2017, 7:11 a.m.

RT @cmbsweden: @sweden We still have a lot of red days comparative to the states. I can't keep up with all the holidays here.

@sweden May 24, 2017, 7:11 a.m.

@Roman_Kraut You did! Well... I don't think we feel much at all tbh? Read a lot about them in school though.

@sweden May 24, 2017, 7:09 a.m.

RT @jp_euro: @sweden Nice. It is also a full nonworking day in Republic of Macedonia, celebrating St. Cyril and Methodius which gave the ba…

@sweden May 24, 2017, 7:09 a.m.

Yep! So technically it's only Thursday that is a red day, but many (including all students) get Friday off because…

@sweden May 24, 2017, 7:08 a.m.

Absolutely! It's ppl with 9-5 jobs that generally get the half day and the day off. Have a few colleagues that work…

@sweden May 24, 2017, 7:07 a.m.

RT @IonSwitz: @sweden To clarify: A lot of us work the full day.

@sweden May 24, 2017, 7:07 a.m.

@may_gun Haha, true! But Sweden is also standing on a very firm Christian ground that's more cultural than religious today.

@sweden May 24, 2017, 7:06 a.m.

Leaving right after work, traveling to Huskvarna, so that's from where you'll get my tweets tonight forward!

@sweden May 24, 2017, 7:05 a.m.

So, I'm off Thursday-Sunday this week, and I'll spend this long weekend at a conference that I promise I'll tell you much more about!!

@sweden May 24, 2017, 7:04 a.m.

Not only Christmas, but we also get days off for Easter and ascension day. Used to get Pentecost off too, but that changed 12 years ago.

@sweden May 24, 2017, 7:04 a.m.

Ironically, btw, Sweden that is such a non-religious country that prides itself on being secular have many Christian-based holidays.

@sweden May 24, 2017, 7:03 a.m.

"half day" in Sweden, meaning we only work until lunch!

@sweden May 24, 2017, 7:02 a.m.

Today, I'm only working until lunch. In Sweden ascension day is a holiday (or "red day" as we call it) and the day prior to a red day is

@sweden May 24, 2017, 6:36 a.m.

@tjhanson2001 Oh yeah! They actually look quite a bit alike!!

@sweden May 24, 2017, 6:36 a.m.

@SqueakySwede She's human, undeniably hurt and traumatized as any other would. Her previous actions doesn't matter…

@sweden May 24, 2017, 6:35 a.m.

@jaakkookulta Yeah, it's a piece of history we don't like talking about... (Didn't learn about that until in upper high school)

@sweden May 23, 2017, 9:36 p.m.

Enjoy -- and good night. Take care, be kind, spread love! Always. Let's continue tomorrow😘

@sweden May 23, 2017, 9:34 p.m.

I feel it fitting to honor Ariana tonight, after what happened. I keep holding her, and all others involved and affected, in my prayers.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 9:34 p.m.

Logging off! Want to end today with a song performance that I love and have watched many times throughout the year.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 9:32 p.m.

@hambrewhustle Good thing to always keep in mind!

@sweden May 23, 2017, 9:27 p.m.

@beer_bender Wow, I can imagine!!😍😋

@sweden May 23, 2017, 9:22 p.m.

I'm grateful for this guy, currently asleep next to me😍😍😍 His love and presence calms me, makes the world easier to…

@sweden May 23, 2017, 9:21 p.m.

So: what are you grateful for today?

@sweden May 23, 2017, 9:21 p.m.

Okay you all, soon time to log off! But, I wanna end this day just like I ended yesterday: by focusing on gratitude.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 9:19 p.m.

@mommylisa Wow, cool! Norway is beautiful😍

@sweden May 23, 2017, 9:18 p.m.

@scratch_point There are a lot of words that we probably wouldn't define the same! Just had a conversation about th…

@sweden May 23, 2017, 9:01 p.m.

were struggling with the concept of social constructs!

@sweden May 23, 2017, 9 p.m.

Currently reading "Queer Theory, Gender Theory" by Riki Wilchins and came across this part that might be beneficial for those of you who

@sweden May 23, 2017, 8:52 p.m.

@SignyTheSage Wow! Yeah, I hear you, I've had similar experiences... I hope you'll find a way to get here one day soon!

@sweden May 23, 2017, 8:51 p.m.

Wow, this is amazing!! So fascinating, had no idea!!

@sweden May 23, 2017, 8:48 p.m.

@SignyTheSage Too bad it's so expensive😢 Nice! How long have you been there?

@sweden May 23, 2017, 8:47 p.m.

@J_Zarinsky Check out the Naked Bible Podcast! Dr. Heiser is a conservative bible scholar, don't agree on much, but…

@sweden May 23, 2017, 8:45 p.m.

@ArmsForThePoor @WozzieWasEre @Vague_Biscuit Wouldn't encourage you (and probably not, have gotten a lot of stuff f…

@sweden May 23, 2017, 8:44 p.m.

@SignyTheSage Awww❤️ Tell the city hi from me! Go by Fika or Sockerbit, treat yourself😊 What are you doing over the…

@sweden May 23, 2017, 8:35 p.m.

@ArmsForThePoor @WozzieWasEre @Vague_Biscuit Not really a fan of the tolerating to be honest... sounds so.... idk. More about the love💕

@sweden May 23, 2017, 8:34 p.m.

@J_Zarinsky I do think, that's why I'm aware of the faults in your arguments :)

@sweden May 23, 2017, 8:23 p.m.

@J_Zarinsky It's not selective reading, it's hermeneutics; interpretations; reading a 2000 year old book contextual…

@sweden May 23, 2017, 8:17 p.m.

@HaDAk Well then you should check out Sunday service😉 Jk, but it's pride week so check that out!! Also: take your d…

@sweden May 23, 2017, 8:15 p.m.

@J_Zarinsky No one's sane😉 But I think that also you understand the Old Testament differently than I do!

@sweden May 23, 2017, 8:13 p.m.

@HaDAk If you're in town 6/21 you should check out a really cool event my church organizes on the history of gay pastors😉

@sweden May 23, 2017, 8:13 p.m.

@HaDAk Yay!! Silly as it may sounds: do the touristy stuff! Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, 9/11 Memorial, High Line…

@sweden May 23, 2017, 8:08 p.m.

LOVE SKYPE!! Also, did you know one of the founders is Swedish?😁

@sweden May 23, 2017, 8:06 p.m.

@beer_bender Haha, love it! It's amazing how much food connects you to a place, you don't really get it until you get homesick...

@sweden May 23, 2017, 8:05 p.m.

@cherina82 Chocolate❤️ Can make anything better!

@sweden May 23, 2017, 8:05 p.m.

That was supposed to be "place", not "person."

@sweden May 23, 2017, 8:03 p.m.

How do you deal with homesickness, and especially when you're (for the first time) homesick to a person that isn't your original home?

@sweden May 23, 2017, 8:02 p.m.

It's been four days... how am I supposed to survive three months?! Have any of you been in a similar situation?

@sweden May 23, 2017, 8:02 p.m.

And now I got an email from my pastor which he concluded like this😩❤️

@sweden May 23, 2017, 8:01 p.m.

I've been very "homesick" to NYC today, and I really miss my friends, church, and community there.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 7:51 p.m.

@Alfray_Stryke Oh cool!! So impressive in my ears haha, coz that stuff is way too complicated for me!

@sweden May 23, 2017, 7:48 p.m.

@Alfray_Stryke Absolutely! Thanks for your interest and for sharing a little about your field :)

@sweden May 23, 2017, 7:47 p.m.

@misstiggs Yeah, it's more about what that label means to the individual than the label itself!

@sweden May 23, 2017, 7:46 p.m.

@Kamil_Czerniak Sorry, I'm all about the love this week😘

@sweden May 23, 2017, 7:45 p.m.

@Alfray_Stryke Ah, makes sense! Well, I found a Wikipedia definition that probably makes a lot more sense than how…

@sweden May 23, 2017, 7:33 p.m.

@Alfray_Stryke What does it mean to you so I might be able to figure out the difference?

@sweden May 23, 2017, 7:33 p.m.

@Alfray_Stryke Huh, I've never really thought about that tbh🤔 (Physics is my worst.... after chemistry)

@sweden May 23, 2017, 7:32 p.m.

@MaliesinX Wouldn't agree with the "Islam unfolding," but to answer your q I know MANY loving muslims who are very…

@sweden May 23, 2017, 7:28 p.m.

@LoliNoKami I've already had this conversation once today, go through my tweets from earlier today. There are more than two genders!

@sweden May 23, 2017, 7:24 p.m.

@LoliNoKami I hear ya, but to be more inclusive! Not everybody who should feel included feel included in LGBT. It becomes too restraining.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 7:23 p.m.

@RMFDAX1 Can't speak for anybody else, but I want to take the opportunity to show that ppl like me exist as a way to help others! That's al😘

@sweden May 23, 2017, 7:22 p.m.

It's hard to define, but again, that's sort of the point. It's supposed to be a little weird, and out of the box.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 7:21 p.m.

Queering something means questioning it in ways it's never been questioned before, often linked to gender&sexuality but not always that even

@sweden May 23, 2017, 7:20 p.m.

In academia though, it's more used in a way to spark controversy, to twist and turn concepts and theories, looking at them in new ways.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 7:20 p.m.

Either including all identities, or as a looser identity for ppl (like me) who find the other letters to be too constraining.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 7:19 p.m.

In every day language, it's mostly used either as an umbrella term for ppl identifying outside of the straight, CIS, monogamous norm.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 7:18 p.m.

It kind of have two different usages though, slightly separated between every-day-usage and scholarly works.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 7:18 p.m.

It's a word not really definable, as any queer theory introductory text will tell you since it looses its function once it's defined.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 7:17 p.m.

However, it's still used derogatory in many places and many lgbtq people (especially older generation) are still uncomfortable with it.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 7:16 p.m.

The lgbtq community then reclaimed the word, and in the 1990s queer theory was born in scholarly settings.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 7:16 p.m.

As some of you might know, queer originally means "strange" or "peculiar," which is how it became to be used derogatory.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 7:15 p.m.

I've already told you what it means in terms of my identity, but how about on a larger scale?

@sweden May 23, 2017, 7:15 p.m.

How about we finish up trying to define queer/queerness so we can move into talking about my experience as a queer Christian tomorrow? :)

@sweden May 23, 2017, 7:13 p.m.

@yacinovic34 He's a five year old terrier mix! :)

@sweden May 23, 2017, 6:34 p.m.

@RunningBecky Have heard a lot of things about the queer friendliness of wiccans I gotta say! Happy to hear you've found a place for you :)

@sweden May 23, 2017, 6:32 p.m.

@WozzieWasEre Gotta love your persistence😉 Unfortunately I think you'll have to hang in there at least until the next swede comes around!😘

@sweden May 23, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

@hip_hammer @JacobBuzan (I could go into detail about the complexities and my concerns around identity politics, bu…

@sweden May 23, 2017, 6:25 p.m.

@cal37 I meet are immigrants/have a non Swedish background from a more collectivist country.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 6:25 p.m.

@cal37 It's rather rare to be paid to care for your relatives here though, mostly people have caretakers do it. Most of the paid relatives

@sweden May 23, 2017, 6:23 p.m.

@cal37 In my hometown, according to an article I found from 2015, you get paid ~112kr/h, abt 11,5€, $13, or £10.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 6:21 p.m.

@cal37 It doesn't completely work like that here, very few ppl work full time caring for a relative, it's more a few hours per day/week.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 6:18 p.m.

@IcelandicMetis Yeah, I've never been but I hear many ppl compare Canada and Sweden in many ways!

@sweden May 23, 2017, 5:23 p.m.

@vanessafalk @MrBreitholtz @adamalsing Unfortunately in Swedish, but it's an awesome podcast that always make me feel better! :)

@sweden May 23, 2017, 5:22 p.m.

New ep of my fave pod #adamochkompani w/ @vanessafalk, @MrBreitholtz & @adamalsing is out, so I'll put that on and…

@sweden May 23, 2017, 5:20 p.m.

@RCederlund I'm not going to the politics of it! Just shared my experience as a social worker.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 5:20 p.m.

As a fellow human, I wanna help so bad, but there's only so much one can do😔

@sweden May 23, 2017, 5:19 p.m.

Meet too many ppl that "fall in between the chairs" as we say in Sweden, and it breaks my heart every time.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 5:19 p.m.

BUT, talking from a social worker's point of view, there are so many loopholes, and so many things that ain't working.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 5:18 p.m.

Many view Sweden as a socialist paradise, and yes, we have a lot of good things in terms of social security.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 5:18 p.m.

@EdgarSixmore Sorry you feel that way, but hope that next week's curator will make you come back!😊

@sweden May 23, 2017, 5:17 p.m.

Kinda rough day at work today (hard case) and I'm sooo tired (still kinda jet lagged), so coming home to this guy i…

@sweden May 23, 2017, 5:14 p.m.

@canuckinarabia @MrJohnQZombie It is! Don't have the statistic, but yes.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 4:56 p.m.

Our conversations make me think of this video that my (atheist) friend lovingly shared with me recently😂😂😂

@sweden May 23, 2017, 4:52 p.m.

@MrJohnQZombie Actually I have a very strong faith! And we're all created in God's image, remember? (Genesis 1:27)…

@sweden May 23, 2017, 4:50 p.m.

@MrJohnQZombie You should also love thy neighbor as thyself (Matthew 19:19). And whoever is without sin is to throw…

@sweden May 23, 2017, 3:41 p.m.

@RandJ712 Sounds great! Will definitely continue to check it out :)

@sweden May 23, 2017, 3:24 p.m.

@GayDentalStud I hear you, absolutely do, and this is something I hope we can keep talking about throughout this week!

@sweden May 23, 2017, 3:24 p.m.

@RandJ712 My professor told me about this episode! Hadn't heard about 1A prior to that to be honest.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 1:30 p.m.

Really recommend this! About American Christianity (evangelical) and lgbtq issues. Really good one! Have a listen.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 1:30 p.m.

Okay, back to work! But want to leave you with a radio/podcast recommendation.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 1:28 p.m.

@angeIinperson The lgbtq community can be cruel in ways they don't understand. Question everything and be your authentic self!

@sweden May 23, 2017, 1:16 p.m.

Here's another dog picture for you all!🐶

@sweden May 23, 2017, 1:08 p.m.

@angeIinperson Kinda yeah, and I know genderqueers who feel the bisexuality label is invalidating them, but I also…

@sweden May 23, 2017, 1:07 p.m.

@Sudhir_Thaakur I hope that's a good thing! I like taking the opportunity to talk to as many as possible :)

@sweden May 23, 2017, 1:05 p.m.

@IiTomison Not true! Look up some basic queer theory and sociology, I'm not smart enough to make up stuff like this ;)

@sweden May 23, 2017, 1:03 p.m.

@Araneatrox Wouldn't disagree, but I personally would be miserable in programming!

@sweden May 23, 2017, 1:02 p.m.

Also, I'm more than happy to answer any questions you might have! I try to reply to as many as possible.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 1:02 p.m.

We have to define the terms and what we're talking about before we actually start the conversation :)

@sweden May 23, 2017, 1:02 p.m.

This all so that we're all on the same page when we talk about my experience as a queer Christian!

@sweden May 23, 2017, 1:01 p.m.

That's about how far we get for now friends! Gonna keep talking a bit more about queerness in a broader context tonight.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 1 p.m.

RT @kofish: @Hedgehog91_ @sweden @Snabelapa A social construct is merely the choices we make of what attributes to use when dividing people…

@sweden May 23, 2017, 1 p.m.

Look it up yourself and see if it makes more sense to you after you read a little about it! Watch the YouTube vid I retweeted earlier :)

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:59 p.m.

There's only so much you can explain in 140 characters! There are literally thousands of university courses on the idea of social constructs

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:58 p.m.

@Shiferius Yes, we have different skin colors, but how many, and what, races there are will be answered differently…

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:57 p.m.

@Shiferius If u ask an American what races there are, they'll give you a different answer than if you ask someone from Europe or Africa.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:56 p.m.

@Hedgehog91_ @Snabelapa @kofish Didn't say that! But if you ask an American what races there are, then ask a person…

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:54 p.m.

@SqueakySwede Also, you should look up intersex!

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:53 p.m.

@SqueakySwede That would be your argument, and I respectfully disagree for reasons I've stated in previous tweets :)

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:53 p.m.

@Ninnersgirl Yeah... Latest I heard was that they think they've found the identity of the person, and that it was a suicide bomber.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:52 p.m.

@Snabelapa Wouldn't want to get into that on twitter as I believe that will not be a argument that can be made in 1…

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:50 p.m.

@angeIinperson Not necessarily! Could be trans ppl too.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:50 p.m.

@Shiferius It can be biological and still be a social construct! Skin color is biological, but race is a social construct.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:49 p.m.

@Snabelapa @kofish Yes, race is! Otherwise, race would be described in the same way across the globe which is not.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:48 p.m.

@MMagazineComics Thank you for your concern, but actually my faith community is the most loving community I have, a…

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:47 p.m.

@DackeStaffan Didn't say anything different :)

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:47 p.m.

@SqueakySwede First: there are more than two genders. To me, bisexuality feels to constraining, but again, differen…

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:45 p.m.

No! And that's what I like about queer, but that's also what can be really hard to grasp for many. That's why I wan…

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:44 p.m.

@Ninnersgirl Targeting youth, at a pip concert?! So indescribable, such a tragedy😔

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:43 p.m.

@JPeriksson See the tweet I quoted and replied to re: difference between pan sexuality and bisexuality!😊

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:42 p.m.

@Lynnier issues with Judith Butler btw). However, our way of identifying ourselves are social constructs!

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:41 p.m.

@Lynnier I hear you, but I'm not trying to invalidate anybody, nor am I saying that gender doesn't come from the in…

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:40 p.m.

@JackdeReduvo I think many are like that! We're just not used to seeing it/talking about it that way.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:40 p.m.

@musikmicke I hear you, and I promise we'll get into that! We're going through the basics (what is queer?) before diving deeper into it!

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:39 p.m.

Like I said, different ppl different answers! Also proves the social construction: the definition changes between c…

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:37 p.m.

@fridenstrom @SweInstitute If you read my tweets from this morning, you can see that we have and are mourning, but…

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:36 p.m.

@Shiferius Because even though the terms and identities are social constructs, doesn't mean the attraction ain't re…

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:34 p.m.

Haven't seen it, but retweeting to spread the info! I trust @kofish when they say it's good :)

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:33 p.m.

@martinb9999 Me too! Doesn't apply to me, but I know ppl who use that term and I think it's awesome :)

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:32 p.m.

@SqueakySwede See another tweet I quoted and replied to!

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:31 p.m.

@zpleat See another tweet I just quoted and replied to!

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:30 p.m.

@SqueakySwede Nah, to be honest, the scriptures (the Quran more so than the Bible) advocate a lot of love. Ppl screwed it up.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:29 p.m.

Kinda, yeah. But I have a preference towards females, in the same way some might have an attraction to a certain ha…

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:28 p.m.

Different ppl will give u different answers. To me: bi you are attracted to boys&girls, pan you're attracted to hum…

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:26 p.m.

@StyreF This is relevant! It's us building bridges and creating understanding. Since you dislike homophobia you should understand? :)

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:24 p.m.

People have had same-sex sex for as long as we can track time, but there wasn't such a thing as a homosexual identity until 1890s.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:23 p.m.

That, however, doesn't make them any less valid! It doesn't say either that we ain't "born that way."

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:23 p.m.

Since things like sexuality, race, and gender changes throughout culture and time, they're constructs of society.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:22 p.m.

Putting it simply: if it wasn't, then the terms and identities would be timeless and global.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:22 p.m.

Things being social constructs are basic theories within sociology and queer theory.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:21 p.m.

Absolutely, and I definitely argue it is! Just like race, gender, and much everything else.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:20 p.m.

@vixlingr I want as many as possible to follow along! :)

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:19 p.m.

BUT, I do also have attractions to other genders at times. So, that's that! Questions regarding that?

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:19 p.m.

Basically: pretty much exclusively fall in love with girls. Am attracted to girls in another way than I am any other gender.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:18 p.m.

Today, the wording around my identity isn't as important to me anymore. Depending on the day and who asks, I call myself gay/pan/queer.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:17 p.m.

At 20 I had a major crush on a guy, and calling myself gay didn't feel comfortable anymore. I started identifying as pansexual.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:17 p.m.

I've always had some attractions to guys, and non-binary/genderqueer folks, but always been falling in love with girls.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:16 p.m.

At age 12 I fell in love with another girl, so I started calling myself gay. Held on to that identity until I was 20.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:16 p.m.

Queer in my life describes my sexuality. I'm a cis-woman (meaning, I was assigned female at birth and continue to identify as such).

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:14 p.m.

Let's start with me explaining my identity! What do I mean when I call myself "queer"?

@sweden May 23, 2017, 12:13 p.m.

Okay y'all, I'm home for lunch and will be online for a little while! Should we start talking about queer/queerness? :)

@sweden May 23, 2017, 7:31 a.m.

He's a gay Christian, and his texts very much reflect that!

@sweden May 23, 2017, 7:30 a.m.

Will leave you with this, one of my favorite hymns! Love love love Mark Miller!!

@sweden May 23, 2017, 7:29 a.m.

@beer_bender Haha, sending you lots of luck!😉

@sweden May 23, 2017, 7:29 a.m.

If I didn't say btw, I'm a social worker for elderly care, that's my summer job. Never saw myself working with elders, but love it!

@sweden May 23, 2017, 7:28 a.m.

Then I'll start introducing the subjects that I thought we'd be talking about today!

@sweden May 23, 2017, 7:27 a.m.

I'm about to head off to work, so I'll leave you for a bit! Will be back by lunch time :)

@sweden May 23, 2017, 7:16 a.m.

@Enemy_Is_Great @Corey_Feldman To be honest, I don't even know who that is....

@sweden May 23, 2017, 7:10 a.m.

@Enemy_Is_Great Haha! I'm happy for you! :)

@sweden May 23, 2017, 6:41 a.m.

@jenvargas Spread love! Spread hugs! Spread kindness! That you can do❤️

@sweden May 23, 2017, 6:29 a.m.

RT @1azylizzie: @sweden By showing kindness to as many people as possible. We need to fight hate with love.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 6:26 a.m.

RT @jwnks: @sweden My thoughts & prayers are with all involved in this horrific incident. From Kansas, USA.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 6:25 a.m.

@SimaSiahposh I hear you, and days/moments like these it's really hard seeing the beauty of the world, but there much beauty!

@sweden May 23, 2017, 6:23 a.m.

@koalottie I'm sorry my friend❤️ I know things like these are terribly scary, do whatever you need to care for yourself today!

@sweden May 23, 2017, 6:22 a.m.

With Ariana, with the victims, their families, and the rescue workers/doctors/police.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 6:21 a.m.

And of course, my thoughts and prayers are with everybody affected today❤️

@sweden May 23, 2017, 6:20 a.m.

I'll reply to you all, and I'll also post any major breaks/news, but other than that, I'll continue as planned. Okay?

@sweden May 23, 2017, 6:19 a.m.

I'll keep holding space for you all in this, and you're more than happy to vent any feelings you have on this to me and I'll reply.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 6:18 a.m.

Your answers so far are either: Go as planned, or: both.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 6:12 a.m.

@zrahul2020 I hear you, and I totally understand what you mean.

@sweden May 23, 2017, 6:11 a.m.

Should I post news as they are available? Or do you want me to continue talk about the things I had planned to post about today?

@sweden May 23, 2017, 6:09 a.m.

I'm not going to make any type of political statement on it, but I want to ask if you want me to give you all space to talk about it?

@sweden May 23, 2017, 6:03 a.m.

Just woke up to the heartbreaking news of what happened in Manchester last night. How are you all feeling? How do you want to deal w/ it?

@sweden May 22, 2017, 11:08 p.m.

Okay, logging off! It's been a blast, looking forward to the rest of the week😁😘

@sweden May 22, 2017, 11:07 p.m.

@heartseekerjhin Not lesbians in particular, that's just what the tweet happened to be about! True for all sexualities, genders, races etc.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 11:04 p.m.

@Tired_Macbeth We'll have to continue this conversation tomorrow!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 11:04 p.m.

@RafizalMUFC Might be, but it's something we ain't grateful for enough!!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 11:03 p.m.

@HaDAk Awww, I'm so happy for you!!!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 11:02 p.m.

@RafizalMUFC That's a really awesome one!!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 11:02 p.m.

@sweetpeabalcony Yay!! So you have Thursday+Friday off too?

@sweden May 22, 2017, 11:02 p.m.

@beer_bender Yay!! And especially YAY at the short DMV visit!! That place man....

@sweden May 22, 2017, 10:59 p.m.

@niklaswistedt Yay! (In this one, I don't pick sides though. I'm from Gävle myself so..... but we're good at hockey!😁)

@sweden May 22, 2017, 10:58 p.m.

@BorisOlegzandor Obviously I wouldn't agree, but if that's what you're grateful for I'm going to be happy for you!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 10:57 p.m.

RT @CoasterMatt: @sweden I'm grateful that there are people in the world who do good for others, and sometimes I can help other people.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 10:57 p.m.

@jewrightwing Quite a few actually. If you want that sad statistic, I can dig out articles tomorrow.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 10:56 p.m.

@Tired_Macbeth So again: are my attractions sinful, is me identifying myself as queer/gay sinful, or is the sex the sinful part?

@sweden May 22, 2017, 10:54 p.m.

What are you grateful for today?

@sweden May 22, 2017, 10:54 p.m.

Today I'm grateful for all of you!! For our conversations, for your love and the ways in which you've challenged me. It's been enriching!!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 10:54 p.m.

I want to hear what you're grateful for today? I'll start!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 10:53 p.m.

I'm about to log off, gonna read for a little bit and then go to sleep! But first; I'm trying to focus more on being grateful. Sooo....

@sweden May 22, 2017, 10:53 p.m.

@staciemb23 I'm sorry u have that experience of Christianity. Without invalidating your experience I ensure you the…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 10:51 p.m.

@infinipede Well only in the summer time -- in winter it's the opposite...

@sweden May 22, 2017, 10:51 p.m.

@Tired_Macbeth And is my queerness in itself a sin? Or is it the *acts* of homosexuality that are sinful? (Many con…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 10:50 p.m.

@Tired_Macbeth No, I'm serious! Not sure how I'm promoting degeneracy. I'm not encouraging anyone to anything am I?

@sweden May 22, 2017, 10:49 p.m.

@Cyriw We'll get into it tomorrow, promise!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 10:48 p.m.

@marybindc Lol, doesn't work on my dog, but doesn't hurt trying right? "Vad äter du?"

@sweden May 22, 2017, 10:47 p.m.

@heartseekerjhin Look into some basic queer theory, google it! I can find some texts for you tomorrow :)

@sweden May 22, 2017, 10:46 p.m.

@staciemb23 Got ya, and I hear ya. I don't think that is "real" Christianity though, just another version of it.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 10:44 p.m.

@nomamadrama1 You should definitely check out the Engelsfors trilogy by @matsstrandberg_ and @sarabelfgren!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 10:42 p.m.

@cykotica I hope that's a good thing, haha!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 10:41 p.m.

@Tired_Macbeth Could you elaborate? What sin am I committing exactly?

@sweden May 22, 2017, 10:40 p.m.

@Veduaimonia As for your first question: it's absolutely strengthening my faith! As for your second: I don't think…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 10:39 p.m.

RT @linda82_linda: @sweden Yeah, it's awesome until you have kids. Try explaining to a 4yr old EVERY night that it IS time for bed even tho…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 10:38 p.m.

@StreetFoodUK This is sweet, thank you!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 10:37 p.m.

@SweRenaissance Keep following me this week and you might change your mind!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 10:36 p.m.

@theonlygeckle Many leaders, albeit not all, would agree with me though.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 10:34 p.m.

@RuFfRyDaH Have a lot of people that think like you around me!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 10:32 p.m.

@prestontalbott Currently waiting for these to show up in my mailbox, but I'll have a look! Btw, I listen to the Na…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 10:29 p.m.

@heartseekerjhin We'll get back to this, promise!! If you don't want to wait, look into basic queer theory :)

@sweden May 22, 2017, 10:24 p.m.

@EVNawesome Of course! Looking forward to continue the conversation :)

@sweden May 22, 2017, 10:23 p.m.

@mydognstuff The Swedish archipelago outside of Stockholm!! Also Stockholm, LOVE Stockholm! And Gotland and Öland are gorgeous too!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 10:21 p.m.

@Fallen_Woman I'm glad to hear! You're on the right path❤️

@sweden May 22, 2017, 10:05 p.m.

@x47nero Sorry! Again, not used to this many followers/mentions, and I want to try to answer as many as possible. Will try to get better!!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 10:04 p.m.

@iamrobinleigh LA isn't bad either😉 And happy birthday!!💕

@sweden May 22, 2017, 10:03 p.m.

@Roman_Kraut This is outside Gävle; east coast, a little north of Stockholm!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 9:30 p.m.

Swedish country side at its best!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 9:01 p.m.

Btw, isn't this nature just gorgeous😍😍😍

@sweden May 22, 2017, 9 p.m.

For those of you who find this whole thing with it being bright all night in the summer: this is 9pm, and it's a mo…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 8:15 p.m.

Will leave you with a dog pic! Bye for now😁

@sweden May 22, 2017, 8:14 p.m.

Okay, this is fun, but yeezes you're tweeting me a lot! Have to take a break now.... promise I'll be back again before I go to bed!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 8:13 p.m.

@EVNawesome Promise I will talk about that too!!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 8:10 p.m.

@ericvonotter Haven't, but I'll look into it right away!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 8:10 p.m.

@yungholohoax420 Hmm... I like pasta... coz who doesn't, right? I like food in general... lol

@sweden May 22, 2017, 8:08 p.m.

@JohanssonJSG I pray for your dad to find healing, whatever that means and entails💕

@sweden May 22, 2017, 8:08 p.m.

@JohanssonJSG I'm sorry to hear you feel your dad has gone down an unhealthy path -- but again, not all Christians are the same!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 8:07 p.m.

@Farnaby @connoley That's always a good question.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 8:04 p.m.

@Lupe_ Found a mentor that I was able to work through it all with, and that I continue to work through it all with,…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 8:02 p.m.

@FKASimon She ain't easy is she... well, I'm counting on you here! Will be in touch😉

@sweden May 22, 2017, 8 p.m.

@memoytortas Yay!! Which church was that?💒

@sweden May 22, 2017, 8 p.m.

@mydognstuff What are you looking for? And when are you traveling? Want nature? Adventure? Historical stuff? A taste of Sweden?

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:59 p.m.

@fluffvera Ah!!! So glad to hear you has a great week!😁

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:58 p.m.

@ericvonotter Ah, got so many things to say about this! Promise we'll get into it over the week :)

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:57 p.m.

@Roman_Kraut Many, that I promise we'll get into! Too early yet though, we still have a week😉

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:57 p.m.

@EverFlores07 Also, there are lots of books out there on the subject!!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:56 p.m.

@EverFlores07 I'll make sure to dig out some stuff and link, but in terms of books: Radical Love by Dr. Patrick Cheng is a very good start!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:54 p.m.

@SignyTheSage I like this! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this with me :)

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:53 p.m.

@prestontalbott I hear you, & to be honest, I don't know the Bible well enough yet to. Minder, I'm still just a new…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:52 p.m.

@ericvonotter I think the Bible can be interpreted in many ways, and has been misinterpreted by many. But I love th…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:50 p.m.

@shabadoobie I hear you, I really really do💕

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:49 p.m.

Wrong, as I argue the religion DOES accept my sexuality!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:47 p.m.

@connoley Yay, nice to meet both of you!!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:47 p.m.

RT @connoley: @sweden I'm also a queer Christian who rescued a beautiful dog. ❤️

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:45 p.m.

@DoktorEgg straight CIS Christian friends. Ppl immediately assume I'm a "good Christian," while it's not as clear with them...

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:44 p.m.

@DoktorEgg I hear you, absolutely do. I've many times said I have a privilege in being able to say "queer Christian…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:43 p.m.

@sarabeaarr Can imagine!! Also: not shitting on anyone at McD, worked there myself over a summer a couple of years ago :)

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:42 p.m.

@HRchupp I totally understand. Make sure you build a good support system for that work! It's important, and you're on the right path💕

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:41 p.m.

RT @foreverAlfon13: @sweden Dude Jesus never said anything about queer people his message was clear and simple: dont be a dickhead and love…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:40 p.m.

@ProNoob13 Thank you, this is so kind💕💕💕

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:39 p.m.

@ericvonotter I think they're mixing Christianity and politics too much. Also, their history is so complex which I…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:38 p.m.

@cstampeen @DennisG_Shea Gosh I've thought about this SO MUCH!! That so many ppl don't love themselves enough to ha…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:37 p.m.

RT @vivocalle: @sweden Jesus preached live & let live & the golden rule. Though he is the light, the truth & the way those outrule the mere…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:37 p.m.

RT @MajrudPeter: @dmtb000 @sweden Its easy when you cherry-pick what sin you condemn. God created man in his image, did God make a mistake…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:36 p.m.

@FKASimon Wow, then you'll have to help me figure her out! I'm not a huge fan (yet at least) to be honest....

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:36 p.m.

@MethZed @dmtb000 Romans 1, 1 Corinthians 6:9, and Timothy 1:10 are the ones usually brought up.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:33 p.m.

@mrdowden Excluded! I've been able to find a great Christian community/church, have a much harder time in the secular queer community...

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:31 p.m.

@talli_approved Completely agree with you!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:31 p.m.

@memoytortas So glad you grew up in this kind of environment!!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

@EysterJacob Awww, I'm sorry about this😔 But you can always find me at @LandstromLina!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

@Lupe_ My faith has never been an issue -- my religious community/involvement has been the one affected. Stayed away for a long time.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:27 p.m.

@laurendowell He's in a large crate that is in cargo!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:27 p.m.

@maraleia @JamesFluker Heard of them yes, but haven't really looked into it!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:26 p.m.

I hear several are disturbed/annoyed by my retweeting & quoting. I hear you, I'm sorry, and I'll start replying more instead!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:25 p.m.

@evanchooly Just make sure (and double check) you have the right paper work and you're going to be fine! :)

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:24 p.m.

@gsonderby It's possible! We'll see :)

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:23 p.m.

@tictacbergerac @laurendowell So happy to see more gay Christians!!!💕💒

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:23 p.m.

Not really. The Bible is so very complex, and that's why I've started studying with my mentor. It's not as straight…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:20 p.m.

Lol, y'all would be surprised of how conservative I actually am!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:19 p.m.

RT @howardweaver: .@sweden also, Betty, rescued terrier mix. (I can't help myself). #moredogphotos

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:18 p.m.

@ericvonotter I think it's important to separate Christian evangelical right-wing politics, and loving non-judging Christianity!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:15 p.m.

Yes!!! And again, I truly love my church!!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:14 p.m.

(If I reply to the same tweet several times: I'm sorry. There are really a lot of mentions to go through, but I'm catching up!)

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:12 p.m.

Again, I totally get all of these. But I hope I'll be able to use my degree!!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:12 p.m.

RT @Duci0167: @sweden If you're fine,I'm too. Happy when there is no discrimination&homofobs to live in peace. I'm non believer and straigh…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:12 p.m.

Actually, my school is VERY secular and kinda anti-Christianity. Many disapprove of my faith there (it's very queer…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:11 p.m.

@nb1316 I hear you, part of me being loud in my identity is wanting to heal the wounds by Christians on queers! Not…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:09 p.m.

I've gotten a lot of questions around "queer" and queer Christian(ity) -- promise to answer/explain shortly!!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:08 p.m.

@JacobBuzan Nope, I want to use both!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:08 p.m.

@HaDAk Thank you!!😁 Here you can find the info:

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:07 p.m.

@Twooshorten Definitely a little internetificarion -- but also, in general, kids today are so much better in Englis…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:06 p.m.

RT @sweetpeabalcony: @MoneyChunks @sweden >self-righteous & ridiculously patronizing bigot >christian. Pick one.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:05 p.m.

@mona_klvmona I feel that if you're happy, I'm happy for you! Follow your heart, and do what makes you happy💕

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:05 p.m.

RT @marthaanderson: @sweden My faith tells me there is one judge, and it's not me. I believe that God loves all His children.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:05 p.m.

@mona_klvmona This is so sad to hear😔

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:04 p.m.

RT @Paula_Blomquist: @sweden Proud we live in the times where you dont have to hide who you are. Many Christians support homosexuality. I a…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:04 p.m.

I didn't choose it, my host family chose me and happened to live there! Went to Campus High School in Haysville (ou…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:03 p.m.

@CarlKenner I hope you'll continue to join the conversation this week, because I hope that by getting to know me yo…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:02 p.m.

@ThrallTorbjorn Please email me if you feel comfortable, and I'll try to help guide you and your friend:

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7:01 p.m.

@ThrallTorbjorn Thank you for asking!! This so depends on where your friend is located, and their situation. I'd lo…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7 p.m.

@JonathanRL That was supposed to be a heart, my finger slipped....💕

@sweden May 22, 2017, 7 p.m.

RT @The_Sara_817: @sweden You do you! I think it's great you live in a country where you can love who you choose and worship how you choos…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:59 p.m.

@HRchupp I totally hear you my friend❤️ I hope you'll be able to find a church home!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:59 p.m.

@unclecj I hear you, and I'd agree. But I also find it sad that there are many queers walking around hostile/afraid towards/of religion.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:57 p.m.

RT @JoJo_Jac: @sweden I'm queer and Jewish--I love when there are more queer people who actively participate in their religions!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:57 p.m.

It's so sad to hear what a bad name Christianity has gotten to so many people😔

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:56 p.m.

RT @AmberAmber78: @sweden Christianity shouldn't be exclusionary-though not all "Christians" agree. I'm a "love thy neighbor" type of Chris…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:56 p.m.

@EVNawesome Yay!!!😁😁😁👋🏼

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:56 p.m.

@_ZombieDuck_ Thank you!!!😁🇸🇪

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:56 p.m.

RT @DennisG_Shea: @sweden Never have understood how anyone can miss that part of the Christian calling. Love thy neighbor. No equivocation.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:56 p.m.

@WozzieWasEre I actually found this kinda funny😂 Good one!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:55 p.m.

Idk, but yeah, it's definitely an identity to me. Interesting question, will think more about this and come back to…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:53 p.m.

On that note, here's proof of the power of twitter -- and that taking time for conversation is important!…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:51 p.m.

I've started sending this to my American friends, and identifying myself as "European liberal"…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:50 p.m.

@leadandjelly Yay, sounds so so interesting!!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:50 p.m.

RT @chefrahn: @sweden You be you. In the 3 years that I've been following, there has been an astonishing variety of curators. 👍👍👍

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:49 p.m.

RT @dmtb000: @sweden In both Old Testament and New Testament, homosexuality is condemned as sin. So you need a lot of mental gymnastics to…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:49 p.m.

@roastedtortise @IiTomison I've heard about a lot of queers that convert to Quaker throughout history! Don't know m…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:47 p.m.

RT @JackdeReduvo: @sweden …fine with you believing. I don't mind queerness. At all.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:47 p.m.

RT @JackdeReduvo: @sweden Personally, I don't agree with religion, but if you don't go around forcing people to believe what you believe (w…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:47 p.m.

RT @babbypro: @sweden Sodomy is a sin. But if one is a lesbian, then it doesn't count, for only the truest of penises can sodomize.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:47 p.m.

RT @1azylizzie: @sweden You do you. As long as you don't hurt anyone, I think you should be able to believe in whatever helps you make sens…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:46 p.m.

What I most firmly believe in as a Christian is to love all and judge no one!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:45 p.m.

I believe we all have different callings in life, and my way of being or not being sexually active doesn't fit all.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:44 p.m.

RT @mickdalton41: @sweden Nothing more ridiculous than "pray the gay away". If you have faith in a God then you believe we're all God's chi…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:44 p.m.

RT @librarianstevie: @sweden Should I feel something? You do you, girlie! So long as you're happy & not hurting anyone/yourself, it's all g…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:43 p.m.

Agree! (Currently reading up on some queer theory, about to dive into Butler....)

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:43 p.m.

@alwayshope76 Ah, that definition makes sense! And yes, I definitely believe in the separation of church and state :)

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:42 p.m.

RT @conorduffy_7: @sweden Christianity is meant to transcend nations, borders, identities in universal humanity. There should be no conflic…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:41 p.m.

Yes!! I promise we'll dissect this during this week :)

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:41 p.m.

@MoneyChunks @historianess Well... it depends on who you ask. It's not really that straight forward!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:40 p.m.

RT @mickdalton41: @DennisG_Shea @sweden Raised Catholic, atheist since 10 years old. People should be what they want to be. I really don't…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:40 p.m.

@cascanuit I hear you! I know a lot of queers raised Christian/Catholic/Religious that went that route...

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:38 p.m.

RT @Deeleted_: @sweden Trans girl in a relationship with a man myself. Believe everyone has the right to their faith as long as they respec…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:38 p.m.

RT @MinjireKinuthia: @sweden But I believe it's an amazing combination because you couldn't hear much of it some years back

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:37 p.m.

RT @Eskoala: @MoneyChunks @sweden Christianity is diverse, plenty of accepting churches around, I'd assume only more so in Sweden.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:37 p.m.

RT @MinjireKinuthia: @sweden In Kenya religion is very very open people don't really hide their religious beliefs, so the queer part is whe…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:37 p.m.

@SqueakySwede Wouldn't agree with the "most" part, nor necessarily the distinction between us and Swedish churches. But I hear you.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:36 p.m.

RT @historianess: @MoneyChunks @sweden It isn't necessary to pick one. One can be both queer and Christian.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:36 p.m.

@nomamadrama1 Ah, many!! What type of books do you like?

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:35 p.m.

RT @SebKrantz: @sweden It's frustrating that so many right-wing people associate lgbtq and queerness with being left-wing.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:35 p.m.

This is very much what I live after too!!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:35 p.m.

RT @laurendowell: @sweden Xtians misread the Bible and then apply their own biases to a faith in order to perpetuate hate.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:33 p.m.

@_BBCtoilet to itself in fear of judgement from both Christians and queers.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:33 p.m.

@_BBCtoilet There is a very strong progressive Christian community in the US; unfortunately, it rarely gets a lot o…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:32 p.m.

RT @Alphaglitchgirl: @sweden Who you love shouldn't define whether you can have a faith or not :)

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:31 p.m.

@karimftw Sorry! I just like others being able to see my responses. But if it's annoyingly I'll stop!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

RT @Hound_Of_Autism: @sweden Romans 1:26 lesbianism as an abomination. Matthew 19:3: only clean sexual intercourse is between man and his w…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

RT @JamesFluker: @sweden The Christianity. Organised religion props up institutions which repress Queer people (amongst others). They don't…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

RT @roastedtortise: @sweden The @BritishQuakers are so wonderfully accepting of everyone - so I'm a gay Christian. And I'm part of a great…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

@Fallen_Woman Christian community in which you feel safe? Online or where you live?

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:29 p.m.

@Fallen_Woman I'm sorry you're finding yourself in that situation💕 I hope you'll find a way and a place to be your…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:29 p.m.

RT @Fallen_Woman: @sweden Yup. I'm not out to my (religious) parents. And with friends I downplay my religious beliefs.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:29 p.m.

True! Instead, Sweden have more issues with the religion/faith stuff... However, my denomination (United Methodist)…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:27 p.m.

RT @Flowabellle: @sweden religion, like any human/societal thing, develops and evolves as we understand the world around us more. it's your…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:26 p.m.

I'm not a big fan of blocking ppl, sorry😘

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:26 p.m.

Very true!! I've never felt as home as I do in my current church. It's my family, my community, my support system💒

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:25 p.m.

RT @brocialistmeme: @sweden Too many people have an idea of Christianity that is based on modern conservative politics.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:25 p.m.

RT @SmallInhaler: @sweden A friendly shrug. Personal mythologies and sexualities are both complex and often a-rational. Curious about how y…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:24 p.m.

RT @opanaught: @sweden I respect you for openly stating you are both. :) I know people like you and the way they have found balance in them…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:24 p.m.

I completely recognize this. I too am very careful with what church I go to, and how I interact with certain Christ…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:23 p.m.

Very true. That's why it's so important to me to keep working! It might be 2017, but far from all LGBTQ people live…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:22 p.m.

However, I do know a lot of queer Christians in NYC who hide their faith in their secular queer communities!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:22 p.m.

I grew up in a middle-sized Swedish town, then I've only lived in big towns! (Santa Barbara, Stockholm, LA, NYC)

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:21 p.m.

RT @Mollebongen: @muhmt @sweden Centerpartiet = The Center Party, they're a Swedish political party

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:19 p.m.

In what way?😝 (Honestly curious, as I always say I'm not lol!)

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:19 p.m.

Thank you! And @UMCoftheVillage is a truly amazing church, love it to death❤️❤️❤️

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:18 p.m.

Am I a very stereotypical Swede?

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:16 p.m.

RT @JJavierMun: @sweden yay! a sociologist curator :D

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:15 p.m.

RT @DWFreer: @sweden Anton Stralman and Victor Hedman play for @TBLightning in @NHL Congrats to #SE winning World Championship!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:15 p.m.

Lol, it was pretty gay.... Got an A!😁

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:14 p.m.

RT @Alphaglitchgirl: @sweden This is badger! He's a jack Russell and he likes to pretend he's a human most of the time. He's winking at you…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:14 p.m.

I want to reconcile Christianity and queerness, from both perspectives!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:13 p.m.

Eventually I want to work with bridging the gap between queer theology on a scholarly level and every-day-Christianity/church/activism.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:12 p.m.

@UMCoftheVillage theological studies (focusing on queer theology) and eventually pursue a PhD (not sure in exactly…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:11 p.m.

Now I'm very much involved in my church @UMCoftheVillage, I added religious studies as a minor, and I want to pursue a masters in

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:09 p.m.

that due to fear of being condemned. I always had a strong faith, I just kept it more to myself. She changed all of that.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:08 p.m.

out. Although I did attend church while in LA (a queer friendly one), I've always stayed away from Christians, church, the Bible, and all

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:07 p.m.

Through many conversations about faith, church, theology, the Bible, Christianity, queerness, and life in general I figured a lot of stuff

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:06 p.m.

non-binary and bisexual/lesbian (I think she generally prefer "queer" -- and yes she goes by she pronouns).

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:05 p.m.

studies minor) with a professor that came to be a great mentor and forever changed my life. She's a gay conversion therapy survivor,

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:05 p.m.

For my gender studies minor I took a class during the fall called "Queering and Decolonizing Theology" (prior to adding the religious

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:04 p.m.

Then.... Came New York. I immediately loved the city, but it wasn't a "I wanna stay here" type of love.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:03 p.m.

in the US. Didn't have any strong feelings toward either. Felt kinda homeless to be honest, have been moving around a lot.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:02 p.m.

Dream was to work with human rights in the UN. Wasn't sure if I wanted to move back to Sweden (Stockholm) after graduation, or stay

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6:02 p.m.

So: prior to this past year my plan was to finish my bachelor in sociology, then work with LGBTQ youth.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6 p.m.

But I'm determined to do this!! I'll run through a little bit more about myself, and then I'll start answering all your tweeets!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 6 p.m.

Okay, SO MANY NOTIFICATIONS!! Not used to this lol, my account only have a little over 500 followers🙈

@sweden May 22, 2017, 5:59 p.m.

RT @WeTalkinBoutPra: @sweden It's ok most of Canada was cheering for slick Willy nylander and we're happy @sweden won because he's wonderful

@sweden May 22, 2017, 5:59 p.m.

As long as your dog is healthy and you have the right paperwork it's all good! :)

@sweden May 22, 2017, 5:58 p.m.

RT @TotallyNotRand: @macdawn21 @sweden IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships. The final was yesterday.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 5:57 p.m.

RT @hisuimaxwell: @sweden So cute!! Hello Mio!! 💖❤️💖 Meet my puppy, Greta. We're from the Philippines. 🇵🇭

@sweden May 22, 2017, 5:57 p.m.

RT @howardweaver: @sweden Scout, a rescued Heeler, sends regards from Northern California. #moredogphotos

@sweden May 22, 2017, 5:40 p.m.

Gonna have dinner, then I'll continue talking about my life and queer Christianity! Promise I'll start answering you all shortly!!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 5:39 p.m.

RT @RunningBecky: @sweden I am Canadian but Heja Sverige! Great game.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 5:39 p.m.

Sorry I just started talking about us beating you yesterday....😁😉

@sweden May 22, 2017, 5:38 p.m.

RT @AdnanOnMUFC: @sweden I just walked by and was wondering what the sound was ha

@sweden May 22, 2017, 5:38 p.m.

RT @drdrea_x: @sweden as an american hockey fan who also cheers for sweden, the gold helmet celebrations are the best! 🇸🇪🇸🇪🇸🇪🇸🇪🇸🇪

@sweden May 22, 2017, 5:37 p.m.

Gosh, I really wish I could be in Stockholm right now! GO SWEDEN!!!🇸🇪🇸🇪🇸🇪

@sweden May 22, 2017, 5:36 p.m.


@sweden May 22, 2017, 5:35 p.m.

And yes, he travels with me to and from the US! He's seen more corners of the world than many humans😁✈️

@sweden May 22, 2017, 5:34 p.m.

Mio is terrier mix, soon to be 5 years old, that I adopted from a shelter in Spain in August of 2013.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 5:33 p.m.

Someone said we need more dog pictures, and I couldn't agree more! So, meet Mio!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 5:32 p.m.

Home just in time to see the celebration of our world champions!!!!🇸🇪🏆

@sweden May 22, 2017, 5:12 p.m.

Yay!! LOVED that school, and town!! Such a beautiful beautiful campus😍😍 Went back for vacation a couple of times wh…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 5:11 p.m.

Initially I travelled around and taught all subjects and ages, then I got hired and worked as an English teacher ag…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 5:11 p.m.

Majoring in sociology, and then I'm double minoring in gender studies and religious studies :)

@sweden May 22, 2017, 5:09 p.m.

More on that when I get home, gone leave my office and get home now. Will be back shortly!!😁

@sweden May 22, 2017, 5:09 p.m.

I've completely changed my path in life, and I'm so much more happy now, I feel like I'm living my life more authentic now!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 5:08 p.m.

to NYC in August and finish up my degree next year. And BOY has things changed for me this past year, since moving to NYC!!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 5:08 p.m.

Completed my first (out of two) year at Lang last week, and got back to Sweden Saturday, where I'll spend the summer before going back

@sweden May 22, 2017, 5:07 p.m.

and then moved to NYC to continue my path towards a bachelors degree at Eugene Lang of The New School in August of 2016.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 5:07 p.m.

honors in June 2016. Spent the summer of 2016 working as a social worker for elderly care in Gävle (the job I'm also doing this summer)

@sweden May 22, 2017, 5:06 p.m.

Continued my studies at Santa Monica College where I graduated with an Associates Degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences with highest

@sweden May 22, 2017, 5:05 p.m.

I worked part time at a gym as a PT at the same time. Then, in 2015, I moved back to Cali, back to school.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 5:05 p.m.

In March of 2014, just as I got certified as a PT, I got hired by a high school where I stayed until graduation 2015.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 5:04 p.m.

Lived in Stockholm 2013-2015, became a licenses personal trainer and simultaneously worked as a substitute teacher.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 5:04 p.m.

Started studying sociology at Santa Barbara City College, but moved back to Sweden after a year for different reasons.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 5:03 p.m.

Liked the US a lot, and ended up dropping out of high school in 2012, with one year left, and moved to Santa Barbara, CA, to study.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 5:03 p.m.

I'm 23 years old, was born in Gävle, Sweden, in 1993. Raised there too, then went to Kansas as an exchange student for a semester in 2009.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 5:02 p.m.

First, I want to give you some context by giving you a bit of background of who I am.... Let's do a quick run through of my life:

@sweden May 22, 2017, 5:01 p.m.

I'm so excited about all your interactions/comments and questions regarding the subject raised! I'll go through and answer as many as I can!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 5 p.m.

Okay y'all! I'm about to turn off my computer and head home, thus I'll be more online for the next couple of hours.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:56 p.m.

I'm gonna leave you with this song! (Yes, everyone hates my music taste, but I really like this song & its message!)

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:55 p.m.

off work! I'll also tell you more about me then too :)

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:54 p.m.

Okay you all, this is fun!! But I gotta walk my dog and get back to work, I'm already late.... I'll continue the conversation once I'm

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:53 p.m.

RT @TheOntos: @sweden All the swedes here are so polite and actually willing to engage in dialogue. Very refreshing.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:53 p.m.

RT @IiTomison: @sweden Becoming a gay Christian is a lot like going to the KKK as a black person, isn't it..

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:53 p.m.

I definitely have, no doubt! But I've always been going to affirming churches, and I also stayed away from the chur…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:52 p.m.

RT @MoneyChunks: @sweden >queer >Christian Pick one

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:51 p.m.

Me and my upper high school friends used to watch my little pony, and all got assigned a character that we were the…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:50 p.m.

As long as my religious views are secular...? What does that mean?🤔

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:50 p.m.

Since I'm actually studying theology, I can give you an intellectual answer to this -- if you're interested?

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:49 p.m.

This is true, the left/right scale is contextual and not static globally. But, I wouldn't call myself left, and tha…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:48 p.m.

RT @delano501: @sweden I'm an atheist and a gay man, and somebody very special to me is a conservative gay Christian man. So no, it's no bi…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:48 p.m.

Actually.... I live in the US these days! Got back from NYC two days ago, only in Sweden for the summer. So my chur…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:47 p.m.

RT @_BBCtoilet: @sweden I once heard some immigrants talk about how their friend came out as gay and left Islam and joined the Swedish chur…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:46 p.m.

RT @PhilsStalkers: @sweden So you are a "queer christian"? *shrugs* To be honest, if that is what you are/want to be, then thats fine by me…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:46 p.m.

Wouldn't completely agree with either of these, but I hear you! I'll go more into this later :)

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:46 p.m.

Why not?! I'm all for conversation and communication with all kinds of people! Building bridges :)

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:45 p.m.

RT @DPontes_: @sweden To each its own, in my view...

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:44 p.m.

RT @OddKSM: @sweden As long as you're nice to other people I don't see any problems with someone being a Christian.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:44 p.m.

RT @DennisG_Shea: @sweden Raised Catholic. Now Episcopal. One reason is welcome my church provides to LGBTQA.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:44 p.m.

Thank you for your honesty! Are you more uncomfortable with the Christianity or the queer? Or just think they don't…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:43 p.m.

Actually, because of my secular Swedish upbringing I feel like I've gotten more hatred from secular queer folks...…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:41 p.m.

I'll definitely dive into that too!!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:41 p.m.

After that, it was a matter of figuring out how to live with that identity, and I realized authenticity is what is…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:41 p.m.

I sorta find God and fell in love with another girl rather simultaneously at age 12, and neither felt like a choice!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:40 p.m.

Interesting question! Well, I've always had a strong faith, although I didn't grow up in a religious family.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:39 p.m.

RT @RMFDAX1: @sweden like a normal person, ive never thought about it

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:39 p.m.

Less unique than you might think! But many ppl are in hiding -- either hiding their faith or their queer identity.…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:38 p.m.

RT @ChrisReimer: @sweden I would say I still don't know you as a person 😃

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:34 p.m.

@JoelCunliffe Please, say more! What are you thinking? Why are you reacting so negatively?

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:34 p.m.

If you read my bio you'll find that I'm a member of the Swedish "Centerpartiet," which is slightly right of center.

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:32 p.m.

where you all stand on that! Please be honest, no judgements :)

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:32 p.m.

I know that just as opposed that Christianity can be towards queer folks, queer people can be towards Christians, so I wanna hear

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:31 p.m.

What are your feelings around Christianity? And what are your feelings about queerness? And how do you feel about the two of them together?

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:31 p.m.

Let's dive into it right away (because why not): as you might have noticed, I'm a queer Christian! How do you all feel about that?

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:30 p.m.

So glad you brought it up!! Let's talk about that :) Why, in your opinion, does Christianity oppose homosexuality?

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:29 p.m.

Hi Mr. Turkey! I'm doing pretty well, a little jet lagged but over all I'm good :) How are you?

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:27 p.m.

@RCederlund Hi there! Depends on how you define politics, but I'll try not to!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:26 p.m.

@jorgensen_emil @MrFoghagen @LandstromLina Thank you for following my personal account! Will be back there in a week :)

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:26 p.m.

@Muselect It's a journey! One that I don't think any of us ever finishes. But be kind to yourself, and ignore socie…

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:23 p.m.

@laurendowell Thank you! I hope I'll live up to your expectations😁💒

@sweden May 22, 2017, 12:23 p.m.

@thejanicemish Hello!! I hope you're having a nice day😁

@sweden May 22, 2017, 9:46 a.m.

I hope you're all having a wonderful day, talk soon!!💕

@sweden May 22, 2017, 9:45 a.m.

However, it's my first day back at my summer job, so I have some stuff to do.... I'll be back by lunch time (in 2 hours or so)!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 9:45 a.m.

I'm really looking forward to chatting with you all, we're going to have so much fun!!

@sweden May 22, 2017, 9:44 a.m.

I'm Lina, and I'm your swede for the week! For more information about me: