Queen Sonja and Crown Princess Mette-Marit represented the Norwegian royal family at Kim Friele’s funeral. Died at the age of 86, on November 22, 2021, this activist was entitled to a national funeral. Karen Christine Friele’s funeral took place on December 6. Presided over by a bishop of the State Church, the ceremony took place in Oslo Cathedral. News from Norway recalls that Ms Friele once denounced the State Church for her fight for gay rights. During his speech, Bishop Kari Veiteberg said with a smile: “love and kindness between homosexuals is neither dangerous nor mystical.”
Apart from Queen Sonja and Princess Mette-Marit, several other Norwegian personalities attended the funeral. Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre praised Ms Friele as a “warm, courageous and powerful” person. “Norway has become a good, freer and more diverse country to live in,” he said. Kim Friele’s actions led to the repeal of several laws that hurt homosexuals. Kim Friele’s struggles led in 1972 to the repeal of the law criminalizing homosexuality. In 1977, homosexuality was no longer considered the law as a psychiatric diagnosis. That same year, discrimination based on sexual preference was also considered illegal.
Another tribute is planned for Kim Friele next year
Kim Friele’s funeral, attended by senior Norwegian figures, was broadcast live on national television. This ceremony is the ultimate tribute to Kim Friele, the fourth most important of the century according to the public vote conducted by NRK in 2005. However, the Prime Minister announced in his speech that Norway will pay another tribute to the main champion of the movement. for gay rights. “Norway will mark the 50th anniversary of its pioneering work to change discriminatory laws next year,” he said.
Queen Sonja and Princess Mette-Marit of Norway © Zuma Press