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Swedish Activists Deploy "Gay Propaganda" To Repel Russian Subs

"Welcome to Sweden. Gay Since 1944."

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The blinking neon sign reads "Welcome to Sweden" in Russian. The country legalized homosexuality in 1944.

Sweden recently announced plans to beef up its Navy amidst concerns about Russian activity in the Baltic Sea, but the activists proposed a different approach.

"If military actions and weapons had functioned as conflict-resolution methods there would be peace in the world a long time ago," Anna Ek, president of The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society, said in a press release.

"If there is a submarine down there beneath the Baltic waves and the crew should happen to see or hear the Singing Sailor they are welcome to join us in the Stockholm Pride Parade on the 1st of August."

The Swedish activists hope the Singing Sailor will encourage their government to "think in new ways instead of falling back on territorial defense, conscription and rearmament."

Susie Armitage is the Global Managing Editor and is based in New York.

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