Partner Karen-Christine Friele

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Oslo Cathedral Oslo, Oslo kommune, Oslo fylke, Norway

Wenche Lowzow – Norsk biografisk leksikonWenche Bryn Lowzow (27 May 1926 – 24 September 2016) was a Norwegian politician in the Conservative Party of Norway. She was a member of the Norwegian parliament as a representative from Oslo from 1977 to 1985.[1]

Wenche Lowzow was a pioneer in gay rights in Norway. When same-sex civil unions were accepted by Norwegian law in 1993, Lowzow and her partner, author and activist Karen-Christine Friele, were among the first to formalize their relationship.[2]

Wenche Lowzow came from the Norwegian branch of the von Lowtzow family and grew up in Oslo. After graduating from high school in 1945, she attended a commercial school. She then passed the Cambridge Proficiency Exam in 1948. In 1954 she trained as a social worker and then studied as a teacher at Hamar Lærerskole (Hamar Teacher School). Later she studied English at the University of Oslo (graduated in 1962, equivalent to 90ECTS). [2] Lowzow worked from 1958 to 1969 in Oslo as a teacher at the Lakkegata skole (Lakkegata School) and from 1969 to 1977 at the Trosterud School as a headmistress. She was involved in the Norwegian Teachers' Association, later she worked for the Oslo School Board. In 1967 she became a member of the Oslo City Council, where she served until 1975 and finally as chairwoman. Wenche Lowzow was an elected member of the Norwegian parliament for Oslo from 1977 to 1985. Because of the outing of her lesbian relationship, she caused a lot of displeasure among the Norwegian conservatives. As a result, she was mostly isolated from her party friends and was no longer nominated by her party. As a result, it lost its seat in the parliament. [3]

Lowzow died on 24 September 2016 at the age of 90.[3][4] Friele, who is famous for being the first Norwegian to publicly acknowledge and advocate for her sexuality in 1965, said: “Of course it’s painful. She will be missed. I need some days to gather myself.” But Lowzow’s wife prepared well and told Aftenposten that she had a proper goodbye with her spouse with a lipstick kiss on each cheek before Lowzow was put in a coffin and taken away. Lowzow passed away in a care home at Usteheimen in Geilo, Norway after a long time of suffering with cancer and dementia.

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