Every August, the capital of Denmark explodes in a palette of rainbow colours to rejoice sexual diversity. The Copenhagen Pride is an annual celebration of the LGBT community.
By Frederik Tillitz
Women French kissing other women, drag queens stuffed in sparkling dresses and entire streets blocked with colourful wagons moving through the streets. When the Copenhagen Pride Parade runs through the capital, the whole city celebrates sexual diversity.
The parade is the culmination of The Copenhagen Pride, a six day festival for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender persons. Many thousands of people participate in the celebrations, while the rest of the city watches from the pavement beside.
The event began in 1996, when Copenhagen hosted the Europride of the year, and it has been held annually in August ever since. In 2014, 21,000 participated in the parade.
Town Hall Square becomes the Pride Square
This year the event begins Tuesday the 11th of August and last until Sunday the 16th. The Pride has a series of different activities all over Copenhagen, but it is at the Town Hall Square, that most of the Celebration takes place. During the Pride the square is renamed Pride Square.
On 15 August, the Pride Parade closes down the most of central Copenhagen, when the Parade begins its march from the neighbourhood of Frederiksberg, through the city to Pride Square.
Life music, prominent speakers and a lot of partying takes place at the square, where the celebration continues all night.
Copenhagen is the most LGBT-friendly place on Earth
According to the Travel Guide “Lonely Planet”, Denmark is the most LGBT friendly place on earth, as an excellent range of boutique accommodation and a lot of events during the year makes it the gay friendliest capital.
LGBT rights have a long history in Denmark. In 1989, Denmark was the first country in the world to recognise registered partnerships between couples of same sex. In 2010, same sex couples was able to adopt children on equal terms as heterosexual couples. And in 2012 it became possible to marry your partner as well.
The Danes also do a lot to promote and protect the rights of LGBT persons worldwide. Together with the EU Denmark fights for the right of every person to be the one they are, without any fear of violence and discrimination.