I’m a Swedish writer and philosopher with a Master of Arts in Religious Studies. In the spring of 1972, I was born at Höllviken, a coastal village on the southernmost tip of the Scandinavian Peninsula. After many years in the South of England, Stockholm, and Amsterdam, I now live with my husband in Malmö, Sweden’s third-largest city and a major seaport situated on the Sound opposite Copenhagen.
I have written articles for several publications, and I was one in a small group of people who, in 1995, founded QX, Scandinavia’s leading queer magazine and online community. In April 2000, I bought my very own domain name and began to publish myself on the Internet. Five years later, in August 2005, I launched my diary and set about sharing thoughts and pictures along with fine art and notable news.
In addition to being a freelance writer, my working life has spanned managership at a technology company, administration at an enforcement agency, lay judgeship at the criminal court and the appellate court, councillorship in a city borough, entrepreneurship in the publishing trade, and chairmanship of a non-governmental organisation promoting LGBTQ* health. I currently head a project for people living with HIV.
I became a mature student in 2005 when I enrolled at the Department of Philosophy and the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies at Lund University. As a libertarian philosopher with a laissez-faire attitude and a commitment to the whole gamut of civil liberties, I devoted much of my academic studies to analyses of how Sweden’s governmental authorities have dealt with legal challenges to religious freedom.
In my final thesis, I examined four court cases that have become legal precedents. I did so with the purpose of trying the hypothesis that for a custom to be protected by the laws of religious freedom it must carry value in a defined religion in accordance with American philosopher John Searle’s theory of institutional facts, expressed in his formula: brute fact X counts as institutional fact Y in context C.
My leisure activities are mostly linked to my interest in the arts. I enjoy both classical and modern art, I spend many hours a week on quality film and television, and I have a season ticket to the Royal Danish Theatre, where I appreciate opera and ballet. I read for pleasure every day and have a particular fondness for aphorisms and intelligent dialogue, in part because I subscribe to the minimalist idea that less is more.
The minimalist approach is something I use in my creative writing, which is the favourite pastime. More than a decade of experience from the criminal justice system has taught me plenty about drama and depravity, but also the importance of pithy and precise prose. In the courtroom, a criminal case without forensic evidence is often judged by persuasive presentation. Too many words then tend to drown the significant facts.
My diary is registered with the Swedish Broadcasting Authority. Sources are therefore legally protected and their right to anonymity is absolute. To make contact, send me an email, a text message, a letter by post, or a direct message on either Twitter or Facebook.
Since privacy and security often is of vital importance, I prefer private and sensitive information to be communicated by either text message or email. Social media is best suited for chatter.
* LGBTQ is the established abbreviation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer.