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Civil Rights

Mar. 1, 2024

How bias marginalizes and penalizes the LGBT+ community

Sexual orientation bias is a significant factor that affects the electoral outcomes and the representation of minority groups in politics. Such bias is not limited to Finland, but also exists in other countries, including the United States.

Mark B. Baer

Mark works as a mediator and conflict resolution consultant and teaches a course on implicit bias.


Finland’s presidential runoff election was held on Feb. 11, 2024. Pekka Haavisto from the left-wing Green party, one of the two candidates involved in the runoff election, is gay and lives an authentic life in that regard. He lives with his same-sex partner and is not closeted about his sexuality.

Why is this important?

Because, as Jouko Jokinen, the editor-in-chief of Yle, the Finnish Broadcasting Company, whic...

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