Sweden: Lawmaker With Drag Persona's Travel Junket Questioned

Author: , February 11th, 2010

In Parliament he’s Fredrick Federley, a serious and respected representative of the small Center Party. But a few times a year he becomes Ursula, a “grandiose diva” with curved eyelashes, pouting lips and skimpy dresses. In tolerant Sweden, the 32-year-old politician’s cross-dressing habit only became an issue this week, when critics questioned who accepted an alleged junket to the sun-soaked Canary Islands: Fredrik the lawmaker or Ursula the drag queen?

Federley makes no secret of his penchant for dressing in high heels, colorful wigs and heavy makeup. It has not been an issue in his party or in Parliament, and Federley says it doesn’t affect voters’ confidence in him as a politician. “The Swedish people are wise enough to see that they are two totally different things: When you’re on official duty or when you’re at a party as a hired entertainer,” he told The Associated Press on Thursday.

But Sweden’s biggest newspaper this week questioned whether the two personalities got mixed up when he moonlighted last month as a travel writer for hanky.se, a Web site catering to Sweden’s gay community.

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