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FINLAND

Male to Male relationships: Legal
Punishments for male to male relationships: No law
Female to Female Relationships: Legal
Age of consent: Equal for heterosexuals and homosexuals
Marriage and Substitutes for Marriage: Equal/almost equal substitute nationally recognized

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Are you LGBTI? We want to hear from you! Help us inform other users of the site with your views on this country. Below is a random question about this country. If it is relevant to you please answer it.

Have you experienced transphobia from your healthcare provider?

The majority of people visiting this site have said No

Yes, I have trouble finding a doctor (25%) Yes, but I was able to find other healthcare (25%) No (50%)

The Your Stories section is all about you! Please take a minute to tell visitors of the ILGA website about what LGBTI life is like in reality. Please submit your personal story and share your experience!

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Readers Experiences

This is what people are saying about life for LGBTI people in FINLAND...
posted for transgender readers on 07/03/2010 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention
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Tranphobia in Finland:

I am a Male to Female pre op transexual, and I was stopped on the street and immediatelly beaten because of my gender. The agressor hit on the floor, said very agressive words ("you are a f**king man! You don't have a pussy to have lipsticks or a hat like this") and was demanding to have my hair cut ("you have 1 minute to cut your hair or I will beat you"). I knew I couldn't confront him phisically and I had no chance to run away. What scared me most is that I became a sort of hostage and I had to take him to my place (!!!) - it happened very close by where I live, after I left the public bus - and after a lot of talk he went away without further phisical damage to me.

It's the first time I have dealt with transphobia in this country, and for some moments I really thought he could have killed me. I am really scared and don't know what to do, since he already knows where I live. I also woiuld like to know how to react in such cases, when calling to police is just impossible at the moment
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posted for transgender readers on 07/03/2010 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention
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Tranphobia in Finland:

I am a Male to Female pre op transexual, and I was stopped on the street and immediatelly beaten because of my gender. The agressor hit on the floor, said very agressive words ("you are a f**king man! You don't have a pussy to have lipsticks or a hat like this") and was demanding to have my hair cut ("you have 1 minute to cut your hair or I will beat you"). I knew I couldn't confront him phisically and I had no chance to run away. What scared me most is that I became a sort of hostage and I had to take him to my place (!!!) - it happened very close by where I live, after I left the public bus - and after a lot of talk he went away without further phisical damage to me.

It's the first time I have dealt with transphobia in this country, and for some moments I really thought he could have killed me. I am really scared and don't know what to do, since he already knows where I live. I also woiuld like to know how to react in such cases, when calling to police is just impossible at the moment
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posted for readers on 05/05/2010
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move to Thailand - the culture here is very tolerant of trans-gender persons.
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Lynda (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for transgender bisexual readers on 16/07/2010 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention +5
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This is a very disturbing story. I feel very sorry for this girl and hope that she can find a way to resolve her very real concerns. I am a pre op MTF living in Hawai'i and have had some level of unwanted and unwarranted harassment, not quite as bad as this, and it is extremely frightening.
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