Seta (organization)

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Seta ry
SETA logo.svg
FocusLGBT rights
Area served
Key people
Viima Lampinen (chair)
Kerttu Tarjamo (secretary general)
Seta representatives at Helsinki Pride

Seta (standing for Seksuaalinen tasavertaisuus "Sexual equality"), founded in 1974, is the main LGBT rights organisation in Finland. It is a national organization with several member organizations around the country. Its general secretary is Kerttu Tarjamo and chairperson Viima Lampinen. The 11th President of Finland, Tarja Halonen, was the chairwoman of Seta 1980–81.


Seta awards the annual Asiallisen tiedon omena (the "Apple of Objective Information") to people or organizations that have improved the status of LGBT minorities or distributed objective information about the diversity of sexuality and gender.[1] It has been awarded to the following people or organizations, among others:

The Kunniarotta ("Rat of Honor") is an ironic anti-honor awarded to people or organizations that have contributed to discrimination based on sexuality or gender identity, or otherwise made the life of LGBT people more difficult.[1] The Rat has been awarded e.g. to the following:

  • 2003 to Finnish Red Cross for not accepting donated blood from men that have had sex with another man. According to Seta, this stamps a whole group of people as potential carriers of the HIV virus, which in Seta's opinion keeps up the discriminatory attitudes.
  • 2006 to professor Tuula Tamminen, chairwoman of the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare, for stating that fatherless children are abnormal and that for this reason infertility treatments should not be given to female couples or single women. According to Seta, Tamminen has abused her recognized position and against the ethics of science ignored the numerous studies stating that it is the stability of family relationships, not the number or genders of the parents, that are crucial for the child's welfare and development.[3]
  • 2008 to lord mayor Raimo Ilaskivi, MP Bjarne Kallis, and general Gustav Hägglund for their statements in the fuss caused by the puppet animation The Butterfly from Ural.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "SETA:n Asiallisen Tiedon Omena ja Kunniarotta 2003" (in Finnish). Seta. Archived from the original on 2001-03-03. Retrieved 2007-11-06.
  2. ^ a b "Seta palkitsi Jenni Vartiaisen ja Teemu Brunilan" (in Finnish). Helsingin Sanomat. 2008-06-28. Retrieved 2008-06-29.
  3. ^ "Setan asiallisen tiedon omena ja kunniarotta 2006" (in Finnish). 2006-07-01. Retrieved 2007-11-06.

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