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What does Copenhagen Offer for Gays and Lesbians?

Among the various facts about Denmark, there is one which makes Denmark particularly stand out. It refers to same-sex couples. There are over 190 countries in the world, some speak up about democracy and values, in others we have dictatorship, in a third we have a group of freedom fighters, whatever it is… There are plenty of countries but out of them Denmark, this small European country, which has become especially popular due to its entertaining LEGOLAND, was the first to introduce same-sex marriage. It was in 1989.

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Denmark, more precisely capital Copenhagen is where gays and lesbians enjoy good attitude without much risk to be condemned or neglected. In this regard, let’s see what Copenhagen has to offer them.

One of the major gay/lesbian festivals that Copenhagen hosts is the Pride Week. This festival has been celebrated in Copenhagen since 1996. From then on the festival is celebrated every year in early or mid-August. So if you are planning to visit Copenhagen during this time you might want to be part of it.

What does it include? Various exhibitions are held, workshops and shows. There is lots of dancing and concerts in almost every corner of the city. And let’s not forget about the parade.

Another festival is the Queer Festival which in all likelihood, will take place in July and will last a week or less than a week. Check out details on the festival’s official website. In general, the festival includes evening programs, workshops and daily meetings.

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While all the streets in Copenhagen as well as all cafes and bars are open for gays and lesbians, they have their own bars and cafes, where they gather, spend great time and enjoy to the full. One of the most popular gay bars is called Centralhjørnet. Its popularity is due to the fact that it’s the very first gay bar in the Danish capital. Centralhjørnet bar was opened as many as 80 years ago and obviously it has passed through quite “severe” times, until tolerance was truly established among people.

The bar has free Wi-Fi and organizes live entertainment on Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons. These evenings and afternoons as a rule take place within October-April period. This oldest gay bar is located on Kattesundet 18 Street. The reason why we mention the exact location of the bar is that within a very close distance, more precisely, within a walking distance there are plenty of gay bars. So if somehow you don’t like anything in this bar, which will make you want to leave it, then you know where to look for another one. Simply walk around and that’s it.

Another place that can be among the most visited gay and lesbian venues is bistro Boheme. This bistro offers French cuisine. So it’s not the number one place to taste Danish cuisine. In 2008 it was voted as that best bistro in Denmark. However, what bothers slightly is the fact that Copenhagen is proclaimed as the culinary capital of Northern Europe. It basically means that going to Copenhagen and opting for French cuisine is perhaps not one of the best choices.

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Interestingly, there is a possibility to get acquainted with Danish gays and lesbians. And more interestingly, you can do it by visiting them in their own places. There is an organization known as Sabbah. This organization brings together homosexuals and bisexuals and transsexuals.

To have a close to complete idea of how gays and lesbians are treated in Copenhagen and what freedoms they enjoy and to what extent, you should simply know this – there is a gay radio. It’s known as Radio Rosa. So switch to it and enjoy the program of this radio. Perhaps many of you especially those gays living in the Caucasus are already thinking of moving to Denmark? Well, if you do, do not hesitate as Copenhagen almost fully protects your rights.

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