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Behind the curtains: The Strength to be Myself

Behind the curtains: The Strength to be Myself

Robert grew up in a conservative Christian family in the southern United States and is currently residing in Copenhagen. He is gay and is today living his own life guided by his own compass. But it was not always like that. Here is his story – told by himself.

By Robert Davis

I have always known that I am gay. Ever since I knew anything about sexuality and attraction, and even before that, I knew that who I was and who I wanted to be. I’ve always known what I wanted out of life and I never f[……]

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History Lesson: When the Swedish homosexuals stopped being sick

History Lesson: When the Swedish homosexuals stopped being sick

Back in 1979 homosexuality was still classified as a mental illness in Sweden, but an occupation of the National Board of Health and Welfare, organised by RFSL – the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights – changed history.

The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights – most commonly referred to as RFSL – was officially founded in 1952 after having been a Swedish branch of The Danish Federation of 1948 (later LGBT Danmark) since 19[……]

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LGBTQ News - Around the World

LGBTQ News: Around the World

Take a quick trip with us around the world as we have handpicked a few LGBTQ news we believe are either nice to know or need to know.

USA / Big Boo is back on the market

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Orange Is the New Black star Lea DeLaria has announced that she and her girlfriend Chelsea Fairless have broken up and cancelled their engagement. The break-up was “amicable” and posted on Instagram:
“realleadelaria[……]

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Homophobia Alive and Kicking in the Stadium

Homophobia Alive and Kicking in the Stadium

Homophobia in sports is a recurring topic in the public debate in Denmark, and recent months have once again highlighted the fact that homophobic slur is far too common on the Danish soccer fields.

Homophobia in sports is a recurring topic in the public debate in Denmark, and recent months have once again highlighted the fact that homophobic slur is far too common on the Danish soccer fields.

Footballer Mathias “Zanka” Jørgensen who plays for the Danish superliga club F.C. Copenhagen caused[……]

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Cocktails & Dreams: A high-end female society in Copenhagen

So here is something you might not know yet. Every month more than 50 well-dressed women meet up to take over the exclusive bars of Copenhagen. The name is Cocktails & Dreams; a society inviting women who like women to enjoy each other’s company over drinks and cocktails at some of the best bars in the Danish capital.

 

Cocktails & Dreams is turning 1 year, but prior to it there was another society named “Kvindeligt Cocktail Selskab (KCS)” founded by Britt Gadegaard.

“Britt and her pl[……]

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Joint Effort to Empower the LGBT+ Community in Tunisia

Joint Effort to Empower the LGBT+ Community in Tunisia

The national Danish organisation LGBT Danmark is currently working closely with the Tunisian LGBT organisation to tackle homophobia and make life better for Tunisia’s LGBT+ population.

Focus on MENA
The Danish-Arab Partnership Programme (DAPP) is Denmark’s collaboration project with the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) focusing on reform and democratisation in the region. A part of this programme involves the Danish organisation LGBT Danmark working directly with organisations in the Midd[……]

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Honestly ... I don't care what you are!

Honestly … I don’t care what you are!

Annemette is on the cover of this issue, beautifully wrapped in a rainbow flag. Being straight and deeply involved in Copenhagen’s LGBTQ community might be a fact — but a fact she would hesitate a bit to confirm. Why? Because boxes and labels really do not matter.

If you regularly frequent the gay bars in Copenhagen, like to watch drag shows or participate in Copenhagen Pride Week, chances are you have seen (or heard) our cover girl before. Annemette is working behind the bar in My Fair Ladie[……]

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Eurovision - Who are we sending to Ukraine

Eurovision: Who are we sending to Ukraine?

The Eurovision Song Contest is hugely popular in Denmark and Sweden and in February and March the national selections take place on both sides. It is all about finding out who and which songs will represent Sweden and Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest in the Ukrainian capital Kiev in May. And it IS a big thing.

Some refer openly to Eurovision as gay Christmas while others see it as a guilty pleasure that is best kept quiet. And yes, there are also people who really do not like the glitte[……]

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Malmö Opera makes toilets gender neutral

Malmö Opera makes toilets gender neutral

Malmö Opera has recently introduced a gender neutral bathroom in order to make sure that everyone can feel safe and comfortable when nature calls.

Malmö Opera has had drag queens and high heels on stage since autumn in their critically acclaimed production of the musical “Kinky Boots”, and the gender bending show seems to have inspired the management to make sure that even the bathrooms in the building send out a clear message of inclusion.

“We thought it was about time. This is something th[……]

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Opinion: Denmark through the eyes of a transgender couple

Opinion: Denmark through the eyes of a transgender couple

Tanya and Robin are our new dynamic writing duo and in every issue of Homotropolis they will zoom in on current trans issues in Denmark.

2016 and the beginning of 2017 have been interesting times for transgender people in Denmark. Last summer the parliament agreed to remove transsexuality from the mental illness list, where we had resided beside kleptomaniacs and pyromaniacs since the category’s inception in 1980. Instead being a transgender person is now, in medical terms, seen as a natural[……]

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Jim Lyngvild removed from Holocaust memorial

Jim Lyngvild removed from Holocaust memorial

Danish designer Jim Lyngvild can no longer be seen kissing another guy in the film looping in Berlin’s memorial to gay Holocaust victims. The video was swapped on January 10 after a tourist tipped the foundation behind the memorial that Lyngvild is both racist, sexist and homophobic.

A looped video of two men kissing each other has been an integral part of Berlin’s memorial to homosexual Holocaust victims since 2008. In early January the video sparked debate in Germany after a Danish tourist[……]

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Copenhagen Winter Pride Week – once again!

Copenhagen Pride is once again serving a diverse and interesting programme for Winter Pride Week 2017 which goes down from 5. – 11. February.

Highlights include the American trans activist, motivational speaker and adult film producer Buck Angel, a chance to meet the people from Istanbul Pride and a huge pop party in Pumpehuset to finish off a week full of rainbow events.

Copenhagen Pride is ready to light up the darkness in every colour of the rainbow when Winter Pride for the third consecu[……]

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Goodbye Mr. Ambassador

Goodbye Mr. Ambassador

Rufus Gifford, the highly popular and openly gay US ambassador to Denmark, said goodbye in January after three and a half years in Copenhagen.

To most Danes the former US ambassador to Denmark is simply known by his first name, Rufus. During his time in Denmark the ambassador has been the subject of his own reality show, marched in the annual Copenhagen Pride Parade alongside his husband Stephen and attended numerous events and talkshows making more public appearances than any other ambassado[……]

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Homotropolis Magazine is Out!

Homotropolis Magazine is Out!

Welcome to this issue of Homotropolis. Our new magazine is touching upon numerous subjects all related to LGBTQ issues and we’re once again excited to share it with you.

Winter Pride Week is celebrating its 3rd anniversary this year, making it a newcomer to Copenhagen’s LGBTQ community and a much needed rainbow escape during these grey and cold months. The initiative is founded and organised by Copenhagen Pride and the coming years will hopefully see a positive development for the concept of Wi[……]

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Catching that holiday spirit

Catching that holiday spirit

Both the Swedes and the Danes go all in during Christmas season and while many traditions are the same on both sides of the bridge there are also noticeable differences.

Here is an overview of some of the customs along with our ideas of what not to miss during the holiday season.

In these December days both Copenhagen and Malmö are dressed up for Christmas with garlands hanging high over the pedestrian streets, colourful fairy lights in the trees and shops competing for the most festive and[……]

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Interview: Queer Author Kristofer Folkhammar

Interview: Queer Author Kristofer Folkhammar

Homotropolis recently met up with author Kristofer Folkhammar for a coffee and a quick chat. Folkhammar is the author of two well-received novels about complex relationships in the gay community.

We meet up with Kristofer at a café close to Möllan in Malmö. He is a tall guy with kind eyes. He smiles and tells us that he is a little tired at the moment due to the fact that he just became a parent in the beginning of this summer. “It’s awesome! Feels like a blessing”, he says. “At the same time[……]

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Behind the curtains: Confessions of a trans woman

Behind the curtains: Confessions of a trans woman

On this Transgender Day of Remembrance we’re very proud to bring you Tanya’s very intimate story, written by Tanya herself, putting into words what it is like to be a transgender woman and growing up not feeling right. We would like to thank Tanya Randstoft for her touching and educating contribution.

I wasn’t born like most people. I woke up as a 6 year old girl in a hospital bed after a bout of very serious meningitis. I lost most of my childhood memories. I still knew language, knew who my[……]

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WANTED: More woman in LGBTQ+ organisations

WANTED: More women in LGBTQ+ organisations

We often hear the women are underrepresented in the LGBTQ+ political scene in general. But is this really the case and, if yes, what is the reason behind the lack of females in LGBTQ+ organisations?

Quite often it is being heard and said that the rainbow agenda is predominantly being run by men or male-identified people. That women and female-identified people are far less visible in the LGBTQ+ media, in the boards and in organisations in general. A lack of female representation would not onl[……]

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Jaxie Bearcunt: Dumb, Clowny and Cunty

Jaxie Bearcunt: Dumb, Clowny and Cunty

Jaxie Bearcunt is one of the more recent queens to enter the drag scene in Copenhagen. We met up with Jaxie not only for a hilarious photoshoot but also to chat about life as a clowny and cunty queen.

When Jaxie Bearcunt sashays onto the stage you immediately notice that she is different in both style and appearance. A bearded queen with enormous eyelashes and a massive makeup who doesn’t really seem to impersonate anybody but instead mixes and plays with genres creating this very unique act[……]

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New girls-only parties in Copenhagen

New girls-only parties in Copenhagen

A new female-only pop-up event is in town. The name is F.E.M and she is the latest addition to the Copenhagen-based all-female event organisers.

Homotropolis have had the pleasure of talking to the founders to get to know F.E.M. a little bit better. How was she born and what is her plans and ambitions for the future?

”We came up with the idea of F.E.M one night we wanted to go out, but didn’t really have a spacious place to go that was solely directed at women”, the founders of F.E.M explain[……]

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