With a continous drop in the Swedish birth-rate and an increase in abortions, Sweden’s LGBT-community (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) is looking for possible adoption of children in Asian countries, specifically in China and India where the birth-rate is more than double that of Sweden.
Despite having a very high number of orphans, China and India is refusing to let same-sex couples adopt due to the controversy of homosexuality in these countries.
Barbro Westerholm, who is a member of the Swedish Parlament, is confused by the countries decision to not let LGBT-couples adopt:
“Our bureau of adoptions has been in touch with the Indian, Chinese and Thai governments. These countries do not allow adoption by same-sex couples. It is strange because many heterosexual couples from Sweden adopt children from such countries. Even single parents are given children. Unfortunately, homosexual parents are refused” she tells The Times of India.
Barbro Westerholm is a legendary figure in Sweden’s gay community for her activism in the 1970’s which led to the ban of categorising homosexuality as a disease.
The list of countries that allow same-sex couples to adopt is very narrow, however places like Colombia and South Africa has been known to fulfilling gay couples dream of having children