Eva-Lisas monument: Stadsvandring

Pride På stan, Fri 2 Aug 2:00 PM–3:30 PM

Eva-Lisas monument: Stadsvandring

Welcome to a city walk on Södermalm in Stockholm, following the footsteps of Eva-Lisa Bengtson (1932–2018).

Eva-Lisa was a dedicated activist in the feminist and lesbian movement, and in the early trans* movement. In 1964, she started Transvestia, the first club for trans* people in Sweden. She was also involved in Lesbisk front in the 1970s and 80s, and one of the original founders of the women’s house Kvinnohuset on Snickarbacken. Eva-Lisa later got involved in the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans* and Queer Rights (RFSL) in Stockholm, and the patient rights organisation Benjamin, and was a regular at clubs such as Lash, Wish and Golden Ladies. Eva-Lisa’s story is important, because it is part of a relatively undocumented history and largely concerns the conditions for norm-breaking communities. Eva-Lisa eventually lost her position in several of the movements she had worked for.

During Stockholm Pride, Stockholm Museum of Women’s history and Stolt Scenkonst presents two chances to take the city walk with Sam Hultin, free of charge. The city walks are presented in Swedish. To join the walk, e-mail your name and the date you want to go to [email protected]

Welcome to a city walk on Södermalm in Stockholm, following the footsteps of lesbian activist and trans* pioneer Eva-Lisa Bengtson (1932–2018). Hultin takes us to several of the places that played important parts in Eva-Lisa’s life. Lesbisk front’s office on Hallandsgatan, Kvinnohuset on Blekingegatan, Jerry’s damklubb on Folkungagatan, the Netherlands Embassy on Götgatan, and Transvestia on Östgötagatan are a few of the stops on the way.

Eva-Lisa Bengtson was a dedicated activist in the feminist and lesbian movement, and in the early trans* movement. In 1964, she started Transvestia, the first club for trans* people in Sweden, organising meetings from 1965 in a venue on Östgötagatan in Stockholm. She was also involved in Lesbisk front in the 1970s and 80s, and one of the original founders of the women’s house Kvinnohuset on Snickarbacken. Eva-Lisa later got involved in the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans* and Queer Rights (RFSL) in Stockholm, and the patient rights organisation Benjamin, and was a regular at clubs such as Lash, Wish and Golden Ladies.

Eva-Lisa’s story is important, because it is part of a relatively undocumented history and largely concerns the conditions for norm-breaking communities. Eva-Lisa eventually lost her position in several of the movements she had worked for. She did not fit into the trans movement when it excluded transsexuals (and homosexuals) in the late 1960s. The movement was strongly influenced by the transvestite movement in the USA, with its narrow definition of transvestism.
Later, she was banned from Kvinnohuset in Stockholm, since parts of the feminist movement of the 1990s decided to exclude trans women. But Eva-Lisa’s story also includes people and contexts that have opened up to wider inclusion. Where friendship, love, solidarity and collective struggles against prejudice and repression have dominated over ignorance and fear of losing privileges.

During Stockholm Pride, Stockholm Museum of Women’s history and Stolt Scenkonst presents two chances to take the city walk with Sam Hultin, free of charge. The city walks will be held in Swedish. To join the walk you need to e-mail your name and the date you want to go to [email protected]


Date/time: Fri 2 Aug 2:00 PM–3:30 PM
Language: Swedish
Type/category: Exhibition/guided tour
Organizer: Stockholms Kvinnohistoriska
Location: Södermalm
Björns Trädgård
Price: Fri entré
Metro station/bus stop: Medborgarplatsen
Alternate times:
Read more: www.kvinnohistoriska.se