I’ve just returned from a weekend press trip to Copenhagen, courtesy of World Outgames 2009.
Living and working in London (and rarely finding an excuse to get out of the city), it’s easy to forget that there is a whole wide world to discover, and Denmark proved a particularly pleasing place to discover.
Denmark has been incredibly progressive on the matter of gay rights in the last 20 years. In 1989 they become the first country in the world to legalise same-sex unions. Though technically not quite the same as marriage (the are certain differences in the right to register in a church, and in the adoption laws), there are scores of handsome young Danish men running around talking about their husbands in their very good English.
A sign of how accepting the Danish are when it comes to LGBT people can be seen in Copenhagen’s preparations for the World Outgames next year, a week of sporting, cultural and human rights events. The city authorities have donated the equivalent of hundreds of thousands of pounds to the games, as well as basically making the entire city available to the organisers. So for one week the sporting facilities, streets and squares of Copenhagen will be taken over by… us!
What more could anyone ask for?