Love of freedom. Freedom to love. That was the slogan during World Outgames 2009 in Copenhagen, and it has never rung truer in Copenhagen than today, looking towards the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest. Copenhageners are open-minded, relaxed and tolerant people, and the capital city has long been a playground for both gay Danes and visitors. Here you can be free, safe, open and most of all yourself.
Denmark has always been in the lead when it has come down to passing laws to secure equality for gay men and lesbians.
Copenhagen is a laid-back city, and attitudes towards gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered persons are liberal and open-minded. Members of the LGBT community tend to mix more freely here than in so many other large cities around the world.
Denmark is a very small country with only 5.6 million inhabitants, and attitudes towards public persons, royalty and celebrities are very relaxed. Many politicians, stand-up comedians, DJ’s and artists are openly gay, and more often than not, they are praised for being role models for young members of the LGBT community.
One of them is Sarah, who came out as a lesbian on national TV, when she participated and won Danish X-Factor at the age of only 15. Lately lesbians in particular have received much positive attention and have grown out of the stereotypical picture in which they so often have been portrayed.
Lesbian only bars are still few, but LGBT bars and nightclubs are concentrated around City Hall Square and in inner city streets like Studiestræde, as well as in the Meatpacking District.
Danes in general, however, are rather humble, moderate and reserved in their expressions. They do rarely make a fuss about themselves in public. You will thus not find rainbow-coloured flags swaying in the streets. Copenhageners are much more subtle than that.
However, once a year, during the month of August, Copenhageners tend to forget their own moderate nature and show their pride during Copenhagen Pride. The pride parade draws 20,000 people and moves through Copenhagen city centre and ends on City Hall Square, renamed Pride Square on the occasion.
Another major LGBT event is MIX Copenhagen LGBT film festival, which takes place every October. In August 2014, Copenhagen also hosts Pan Games.
Read more at VisitCopenhagen.com/gay.