STOCKHOLM — A Swedish transgender activist was found guilty of manslaughter after a court found she killed her husband after a disagreement over her sexual orientation.
Sven-Erik Gustafsson, 49, was found not guilty of the charge of causing the death of her husband, Martin Gustafson, 60, on the weekend in Stockholm, Sweden, after prosecutors said they found he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
In the trial, prosecutors argued that Gustafsen stabbed Martin after she accused him of making advances to her and had a heated argument about sex and gender identity, which the couple argued was the result of their “homophobic beliefs.”
Prosecutors said Gustafsons suicide was a “perfect example of an act of suicide” after he “suffered a serious mental health problem,” according to Reuters.
They said Gustas death was caused by “a sudden and unexpected loss of will, energy, and dignity.”
“He suffered from a deep and ongoing psychiatric problem,” prosecutors said.
Gustafs was a leading member of Sweden’s LGBTQ community who has been outspoken about the treatment of the community and its role in society.
He was known for his activism and speaking out against discrimination against LGBTQ people.
He had been married to Swedish artist Gudrun Forgacs since the 1990s.