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"Welcome to Sweden: Gay since 1944": Swedish peace group places Morse code-spouting sign to deter Russian subs

"This way if you are gay!" the sign signals out on a continuous loop


Scott Eric Kaufman
May 14, 2015 12:10AM (UTC)

A Swedish group concerned about Russian submarine incursions into Swedish seas has created a surefire way to convince Putin's naval forces to ply their trade elsewhere -- a waterproof neon sign of a topless sailor that broadcasts "This way if you are gay!" in Morse code on a continuous loop.

The sign is the work of the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society (SPAS), which claims to be the world's oldest peace organization. In a video -- posted below -- SPAS says that it was moved to act by the Swedish navy's inability to locate the mysterious Russian submarines that have been trespassing in Swedish waters this year.

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After last October's failed $2.6 million attempt by the Swedish government to locate these submarines, SPAS leapt into action, devising a sign that they believe will persuade submarines from notoriously homophobic Russia not to enter Swedish waters. Homosexuality was legalized in Sweden in 1944, a fact that stands in stark opposition to the spate of anti-gay legislation passed in Russia since 2013.

In addition the image of a gyrating sailor in tight white underpants and the Morse code, the sign also contains words in Russian and English reading "Welcome to Sweden: Gay since 1944."

Watch the video produced by SPAS below via Vimeo.

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Operation The Singing Sailor from Swedish Peace on Vimeo.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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