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: