Friday, December 15, 2006

King Gustav V of Sweden

Gustav V, King of Sweden (1858-1950), like most monarchs, was bisexual.

Gustav helped to keep Sweden neutral in the two world wars. He supported laws that included an eight-hour workday, child welfare, and subsidized low-income housing.

Gustaf was married to Victoria of Baden. They had three sons.

In the 1950s, after Gustav's death, there were several revelations about homosexuality among government officials.

A former restaurant owner, Kurt Haijby, revealed that he and King Gustav had been lovers from 1912 until 1932.

Haijby wrote a book about his relationship with King Gustav. Members of the court bought and destroyed every copy.



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