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Swedish stadium is first to become LGBT-certified

Sweden has its first LGBT-certified sports stadium after the Studenternas in Uppsala received backing from campaign groups.

All staff at the 7,200-capacity multi-use arena will be trained in LGBT issues in order to create a welcoming environment.

According to The Local news website, all toilets and dressing rooms will be adapted so that there are accessible options for all athletes and spectators, regardless of their gender identity, including gender neutral toilets where possible.

“Uppsala municipality aims to be open and inclusive, where everyone has the same rights and possibilities,” Danne Eriksson, the municipality’s marketing director for sport and leisure, told The Local.

“We want to guarantee equal treatment in all areas, regardless of gender, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation.”

The certification will be valid for two years, after which authorities will have to apply for a renewal, meaning that all staff as well as companies that use the stadium must carry out training in LGBT issues.

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