In Norway she was considered a pioneer in the fight for homosexual rights, now Kim Friele is dead. She was 86 years old. The activist received numerous awards.
She was Norway’s foremost campaigner for gay rights: activist and author Kim Friele died at the age of 86. She fell asleep peacefully on Monday evening, said her closest relative, Else Hendel, to the Norwegian news agency NTB. Hendel is the great niece of Wenche Lowzow, who Kim Friele was married to before Lowzow died in 2016.
Born on May 27, 1935 in Bergen, western Norway, her first name was actually Karen-Christine, but was known by her nickname Kim. She was one of the first people in Norway to publicly acknowledge her homosexuality in 1963. Friele devoted much of her life to fighting for homosexual rights. She was instrumental in ensuring that previously criminal sexual intercourse between men was decriminalized in Norway in 1972.
Friele has received several awards for her commitment, including being a first class knight of the Order of Saint Olav. “Without Kim Friele, Norway would not have been the Norway we know, and I would not have been me,” said Anette Trettebergstuen, also lesbian minister for culture and equality, of the NTB. Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre wrote on Facebook about a picture with Friele that he remembered her with deep gratitude. She made society more generous and inclusive. “Thank you for everything you have been and everything you did, Kim.”