Denmark, Europe

Gay rights in Denmark are generally extensive, and Danish society is very tolerant of homosexuality. Homosexuality was legalised in 1933 and since 1979, the age of consent is equal at 15, regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender. Homosexuals are not banned from military service. In addition, Danish law bans hate crimes, which includes crimes against people because of their sexuality.

Denmark was the first country in the world to legalize same-sex unions, in 1989. The Danish parliament, Folketinget, has since then discussed same-sex marriage, artificial insemination of lesbians, and couples' rights to adopt several times. Homosexuals can adopt their partner's biological children. On June 2, 2006, a majority in Folketinget voted for abolishing a law that since 1997 had banned lesbians from insemination.

In 1979, Denmark granted Greenland sovereignty under the Home Rule Act, although it still influences the island's culture and politics. As is the case with Denmark, homosexuality is a not a crime, when it involves consenting adults in private, and Denmark's anti-discrimination laws also apply to Greenland. Greenland enacted a civil unions law in 1996 and there is a LGBT-rights organization called "Qaamaneq" (Light), which has organized social events. LGBT Travelers should check out our new Denmark Gay Lodging Directory.



A Whisper of Beauty in Denmark

Around the world are countless breathtaking photo-ops that get swamped with tourist cameras, including mine–the Taj Mahal, Eiffel Tower, the Christus statue above Rio, China’s Great Wall, and so on. Then again, there are also countless small moments where unexpected images of beauty suddenly appear at unforeseen times and places. Sometimes they are intimate and… Read more »

  Copenhagen Day Trip to Malmo, Sweden

Across the Oresund Sound from Copenhagen is Malmo, Sweden, a twenty-minute train ride away. Malmo is the third most populous city in Sweden after Stockholm and Gothenburg. In 2008, its population was 628,388. Women have officially been given permission to swim topless in public swimming pools of the city. This was decided unanimously in the… Read more »

  Denmark’s Royalty

The Danish Monarchy is the constitutional monarchy of Denmark and its overseas territories. It is considered to be the oldest monarchy in the world. The present Queen is Margrethe II. As a constitutional monarch, the Queen is limited to non-partisan, ceremonial functions. The ultimate executive authority over the government of Denmark is still by and… Read more »

  Roskilde City, Cathedral and Viking Museum

Roskilde is the main city in Roskilde Municipality, Denmark on the island of Zealand. It is an ancient city, dating from the Viking Age. With a population of 46,701 the city is an economic center for the region. Roskilde has a pedestrian street running down the center of the city, with many shops, restaurants, and… Read more »

  Christiania Village in Copenhagen

Christiania Village Christiania is an 81-acre city within Copenhagen (see Stories, News & Photos) founded in 1971 by ‘alternative’ people–hippies and others seeking a freer lifestyle and a place to live. They invaded and took over an unused military compound against much government resistance. It’s been a forty year off-and-on struggle to keep the authorities… Read more »

A Homophobia-Free Zone in Copenhagen

By Richard AmmonGlobalGayz.comJanuary 22, 2011 A recent extended stay in Copenhagen allowed me to explore with some depth this pretty, efficient and tolerant city on the north coast of Europe. Denmark is a highly gay-tolerant country compared to most others in the world, with more than two dozen LGBT (gay) venues, organizations and festivals throughout… Read more »

Workers Keep Copenhagen Working–A Photo Essay

It’s easy to visit pretty Copenhagen and appreciate its culture, architecture and social scene but the city works because of the workers, many of whom rise before dawn to drive buses, bake pastries and dig holes for underground pipes. Here is a photo essay about the varied and valued ‘Workers of Copenhagen’. See other stories… Read more »

On visiting a working-class neighborhood in Copenhagen

By Richard Ammon January 10, 2011 Copenhagen, Denmark The first thing I notice are the tall stacks of apartments–dozens of buildings similar in design, height, facade, graffiti-scarred exterior doors–thousands of apartments neatly built on top of one another. Some have views of the local park, most look out onto windows of other apartments, row… Read more »

Home Swapping Across Continents–California & Copenhagen

By Richard Ammon January 7, 2010 The most interesting objects of desire, curiosity, fascination and entertainment for humankind are other people. We spend our entire lives entwined with others, either of our liking or not. And when we get a chance to see other people from different perspectives, from the inside, sideways, in public… Read more »

On Visiting Copenhagen in Winter

By Richard AmmonGlobalGayz.comJanuary 7, 2010 Snow fell three inches yesterday with fine white ground coat across the park in front of my apartment. On the other side of the park is a leafy evergreen cemetery which is really an extension of the park. It’s a fine time to take a walk across the mono-colored land… Read more »

Olympic Committee Should Monitor Host Countries on Human Rights

Human Rights Watch New York October 7, 2009 Olympic Congress Should Adopt a Plan to Oversee Human Rights Environment for the Olympic Games The Copenhagen Olympic Congress should create a permanent mechanism to monitor human rights in host countries before, during and after Olympic Games. Human Rights Watch, which has submitted a proposal to the… Read more »

  Denmark – Copenhagen City Scenes

Copenhagen has a metropolitan population of about 1.9 million people. First documented in the 11th century, Copenhagen became the capital of Denmark in the beginning of the 15th century and during the 17th century under the reign of Christian IV it became an important regional centre. In 2008 Copenhagen was ranked fourth in a list… Read more »

  Denmark – Copenhagen OutGames 2009 Sports

At the World OutGames 2009 there were 38 sports: Aerobics, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Bowling, Bridge, Canoe and Kayak, Climbing, Country Western Dance, Curling, Cycling, Dancing, Diving, Field Hockey, Figure Skating, Floor Volleyball, Golf, Handball, Ice hockey, Martial Arts, Billiards, Roller Racing, Rowing, Shooting, Soccer (Football), Softball, Squash, Swimming, Synchronized Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Track… Read more »

  Denmark – Copenhagen OutGames 2009 Opening Ceremony

Copenhagen welcomed OutGames athletes and supporters to the city and to the official opening ceremony on July 25, 2009. The colorful event was held in the City Hall Square in the center of the city. There were about 6,000 athletes from more than 80 countries who paraded across the specially built stage and then watched… Read more »

  Denmark – Copenhagen Gay Pride Parade and Festival 2009

Following the week of OutGames Sports and Human Rights Conference, Copenhagen Gay Pride mounted its colorful parade which terminated at City Hall. A concert stage presented music for hours as celebrants gathered in the final event of this hectic, festive and joyful week. Read the Gay Denmark Story

  Denmark Cathedral Blessing of Gay Couples

During the week of the OutGames the Lutheran Cathedral in central Copenhagen wrapped its portal columns in rainbow colors and offered services and prayers for the gay community. One of these services was a blessing ceremony for same-sex couples to receive hands-on approval from the catherdral’s clergy. Most (not all) of those who came forward… Read more »

  Denmark – Copenhagen Gay Pride Week

For a cheerful and energetic week in July/August 2009 Copenhagen was host to the 2nd edition of the World OutGames and OutGames Human Rights Conference. The Danish Prime Minister and the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen welcomed thousands of athletes and activists to the city. In the streets and in the press these special events were… Read more »

Major Lesbian Publication Issued from Copenhagen Conference

Posted by Richard Ammon, GlobalGayz.comI was fortunate to attend the July 2009 OutGames and Human Rights Conference in Copenhagen, Denmarkwhere the following publication was presented by ILGA on behalf of worldwide lesbian activists and supporters. In the past decade lesbians have taken their full place on the world stage of human rights advocacy. Once relegated… Read more »

  Denmark – Human Rights Conference

The World OutGames 2009 in Copenhagen mounted two major events: sports competitions and a human rights conference. (See OutGames sports photo gallery.) The human rights conference drew several hundred activists, diplomats, United Nations officials, legal experts, political leaders, journalists, filmmakers and artists for three days of plenary sessions and workshops covering more than one hundred… Read more »

  Denmark – Karen Blixen Museum

                                     Denmark: Karen Blixen Museum in Denmark and Nairobi Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke (1885-1962) was a Danish author also known under her pen name Isak Dinesen. Blixen wrote works both in Danish and in English. She is best known, at least in English, for the book Out of Africa, her account of living in Kenya… Read more »

Gay Denmark Life 2009

  Copenhagen: A Happy Home for Citizens and for World OutGames 2009 A Happening Scene It doesn’t take long to locate gay Copenhagen. The gay-friendly guidebook Lonely Planet has a boxed section that describes the scene as “one of the liveliest gay and lesbian scenes in Europe…” From this simple comment into the thicket of… Read more »

OutGames Human Rights Conference 2009

The OutGames 2009 Human Rights Conference closed on somber yet defiant note in August amid warnings of dire laws in Africa and major plans to push ahead for gay rights including gay marriage in the West. Under the theme ‘Love of Freedom–Freedom to Love’ hundreds of delegates listened and spoke about global efforts to bring tolerance, respect and protection to countless millions of LGBT citizens around the world. From the United Nations’ highest Human Rights official to a small activist group in Bolivia, the message was clear: “we are here, we are queer and we will be heard; we are no less human than any other person.”

Gay Denmark – World OutGames 2009

Intro: Copenhagen was the host for the 2nd edition of the World OutGames in July 2009. About 6000 athletes from 70 countries competed in 30 different sports, from placid bridge (cards) to the popular swimming to the daunting triathalon. Affiliated with the Games was the Human Rights Conference also held in Copenhagen.  At the end of the sporting and conference week the city held its annual Gay Pride Parade.

Gay Denmark 2008

Denmark was one of the world’s earliest leaders in pro-gay rights.  My first visit many years ago as a not-yet-gay tourist pleased  and teased me with its sexy shops and magazines and colorful night life. It opened my eyes to more to my own truth when a friendly stranger swept me away for a night… Read more »