Åse Andersen (88) will attend her first homo parade

Saturday 30 June 2018

Åse Andersen has never participated in the homoparad. It will end on Saturday. Then she sets up to support skepticism.

Paul’s nursing home in Oslo is decorated for a party. The pride flag is hoisted and banners to Saturday’s Pride parade are spread out over the floor of the common room.

Åse Andersen is 88 years old and for the first time holds his own pride-flag in his hand.

She moved to Oslo from Hurum 60 years ago. Currently she is a resident of the nursing home. Alf Einar Strømsnes (61) is her gay practitioner.

Tomorrow she will attend the Oslo Pride parade for the first time. It will be with Strømsnes by its side.

“I asked if she would join,” says Alf Einar Strømsnes, assistant at the nursing home.

“I said yes right away, Åse Andersen breaks in.

– Must accept love

What she’s wearing is not the duo yet thought.

“At least, it will not be leather. I’m honored to look nice, says the nurse.

– Why do you choose to attend now when you have been 88 years old?

“For love, it’s strange. And I want to say to parents that they must accept love, says Åse.

She has known people who were gay, but lived in heterosexual relationships. Until 1972 gay practice was punishable in Norway.

– When I was younger, the word was used as a word of words. Then I wondered what it was. I did not know that time, “said the 88-year-old.

When she understood what it was, she felt it was wrong that gays were punishable.
The older experience

Paul’s nursing home, together with Romsås nursing home, attended the Pride parade for the first time last year. At that time, only employees attended, this year 88-year-old also joined.

– We want to show that with all of us are welcome. That we cry about diversity, says Anette Borg Smestad, Head of the Attitude at Attendo Paul’s Nursing Home.

The staff tells about older gays who have never come out of the closet. That they must meet with respect for their experiences.

– Gays are being harassed today, but the older generation has had a lot worse. We need to be aware of how we approach these, what kind of language we use, “says Tina Skjønhals, team leader at Romsås Nursing Home.
– It will be fun

Åse Andersen is excited on Saturday, but says she is ready for the most part.

– I’m pretty tough. I like to experience something that I have not experienced before. I am prepared for the impressions tomorrow, she says.

Everything Einar Strømsnes tells about the meeting with older gays in his work as auxiliary assistant.

“It was an 85-year-old who told her about her life as a lesbian about how she kept it hidden. But I have also met elderly who have disliked gays, but we ended up being very good friends.

Åse believes she may inspire other elderly people to participate in the homoparad.

“We are all different. It would have been boring if everyone was alike. That would not have been good, “concludes Åse Andersen.

My comment on this is:

Homosexuality is a sin according to the Bible. It has always been so that God loves the sinner but hates sin. All people are not worth much in this world, but in God’s eyes we are alike. But active sinners will not experience eternal life. Those who live in and are active in homosexuality are excluded from Heaven. It’s too bad that many embrace gay people today.

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