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Denmark Marches for Equal Rights in Pride 2016

6.21.2016  21:34

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In a broad declaration of support for the LBGTQ community and the fight for equal rights across the globe, the Danish representations participate in the 2016 Pride Marches in the US.

On Saturday, June 11, the five Nordic ambassadors to the United States joined the Capital Pride in Washington, DC. Together with 100+ colleagues from the Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Icelandic and Swedish embassies, the ambassadors walked for equality for all.

On Sunday, June 26, the Nordic Consul Generals walked with the Nordic communities in New York in the biggest Pride Parade in city history with 32.000 marchers and app. 2.5 million spectators lined up along the route. See all pictures from the Nordic New York Pride march on Facebook here: http://ow.ly/m9So301GLmU

Denmark has a strong track record on LGBT rights. Landmark decisions include:

  • In 1989, Denmark became the first country to allow same-sex couples to register as domestic partners. In 2012, Denmark was among the first countries to legalize gay marriage. This includes marriages in the Lutheran Church in Denmark.
  • Discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation was entirely prohibited in 2004.
  • Gay, lesbian and bisexual soldiers are allowed to serve openly in all branches of the Danish Defence. We have prominent openly gay military leaders and no reported cases of threats.
  • In 2010 the law was changed in Denmark allowing same sex couples to adopt.
  • In 2014, Denmark became the first European country and third country globally giving citizens the freedom to choose their legal gender.
  • Denmark is set to become the first country to no longer define being transgender as a mental illness from January 2017. Being transgender is currently considered a mental or behavioural disorder by the World Health Organization.


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