Hannele Lehtikuusi 20.2.1960-20.2.2004
Helsingin Sanomat 26.2.2004
Hannele Lehtikuusi, organizational secretary of the Green League
of Finland and a fighter for glbt rights, died of a serious illness in
Helsinki on February 20th at the age of 44.
She was born in Kitee on February 20th, 1960. Lehtikuusi
graduated from Savonlinna Senior Secondary School of Art and Music
and later studied comparative religion etc. at the University of
Interest in social activism was strongly present in the
life of Hannele Lehtikuusi. Her participation in organizational
and cultural activities was keen and versatile.
She was widely known as an advocate for glbt rights,
as, together with her wife Hanna,
she gave a warm human face for rainbow families
- same sex couples and their children - in dozens of newspaper
and magazine articles and television programs.
Lehtikuusi was active in SETA (Organization for Sexual
Equality) for a very long time, her most visible position being
as the SETA chairwoman between 1995 and 1997. She also gave a start
to Vinokino, the Turku glbt film festival and was one of
the founding activists of ILGA Europe, the European glbt
Her purposeful, frank contribution made a lasting impression
on many influential politicians. She participated as a
lobbyist in behind-the-scenes discussions to further e.g.
glbt rights, such as legislation on registered
In 1993, she started working for the Green League of Finland,
and her impact in consolidating the organizational activities
of the party was crucial. With her assistance, the services
provided for the green member organizations of the League
present form. For over a decade she was responsible for the
development of the statute of the party and, as the
organizational secretary, for being there for the grassroots
level of the party.
Lehtikuusi was deputy City Councillor since 1996 and she
was the first deputy chair for the Uusimaa Regional Council
between 1996 and 2000.
Hannele Lehtikuusi will be sadly missed by her spouse, relatives
and a wide circle of friends, and by the couple's two small sons.
The writers are colleagues and family friends