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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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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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Bid for World Pride in Copenhagen officially announced

Bid for World Pride in Copenhagen officially announced

Copenhagen Pride and Happy Copenhagen were in Montpellier in October along with pride representatives from all around the world for the joint InterPride & EPOA annual general meeting in which Copenhagen officially announced the bid for hosting World Pride in 2021.

The ambitious plans for hosting both WorldPride and EuroGames in Copenhagen in 2021 are moving forward. Most recently Copenhagen Pride was in Montpellier to officially announce in front of InterPride’s Executive Committee that t[……]

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New Homotropolis Magazine is OUT

New Homotropolis Magazine is OUT

Welcome to this issue of Homotropolis which comes out just as Winter and the holiday season is upon us once again.

Inside the magazine you will – among other things – find a story that attempts to take a closer look at the representation of women and female-identified persons within the LGBTQ+ organisations. It is often claimed that cis-gendered men or male-identified persons are dominating the rainbow movement and in order to find out whether that is in fact the case, we asked some of the or[……]

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MIX Copenhagen Film Festival 2016

LGBTQ Films and events the next 10 days

There will be plenty of stuff to do for LGBTQ people living in or visiting Copenhagen for the next 10 days. The MIX COPENHAGEN film festival is kicking off today.

PRESS RELEASE: Today marks the start of 10 days of LGBTQ film, panel debates, parties, and events that challenge gender, sexuality, and identity. With the opening film ‘Don’t Call Me Son’ in Cinemateket this evening, MIX COPENHAGEN LesbianGayBiTransQueer Film Festival launches for the 31st time.

During the festival period between t[……]

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Hate crimes still a harsh reality

A recently published report by The Danish National Police focusing on hate crimes in 2015 shows that LGBTQ people are still targeted for being out and proud. Homotropolis decided to let some of these hate crime victims share their stories.

While Scandinavia in general might be considered a very liberal and tolerant place to live for LGBTQ people it does not mean that all are free to be who we are without risking harassment, discrimination or even being beaten up. For those asking why prid[……]

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Parade

The Big, Proud Saturday

After close to a full week of rainbow glam, legendary performances and extravagant drag queens on Pride Square during Copenhagen Pride Week the show is about to end … with a blast!

It is the day when LGBTQ+ people and allies from across the country – and around the world – gather to celebrate pride in all the colours of the rainbow. It is the day of the big parade, the final show and the always sold-out Official Copenhagen Pride Party. It’s all gonna go down on Saturday, August 20.

2016 is n[……]

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Close-Up: Farah Abdi

Close-Up: Farah Abdi

Farah Abdi is an author, blogger, and refugee rights activist. Farah will be speaking at Copenhagen Pride today at the debate tent on the Rainbow Square.

Farah Abdi is a Somali transgender refugee. She is currently residing in Malta where she arrived by boat from Libya in 2012. Today she is a writer, blogger, refugee rights activist along with an International Bremen Peace Prize laureate and the Queen of England’s young leaders prize winner.

Farah will be speaking at Copenhagen Pride today i[……]

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Drag Queens will take over Pride Stage Tonight

Drag Queens will take over Pride Stage Tonight

Drag Queen Royalty Alaska Thunderfuck 5000 from The Planet Glamtron is headlining Copenhagen Pride’s legendary Drag Night this year.

The star of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 5 and the upcoming AllStars season 2 will conquer Pride Stage alongside the best queens of Denmark on Friday 19th of August.

Copenhagen Pride once again summons the biggest, fiercest and most shady queens in the country for the annual Drag Night which is one of the biggest drag shows in Europe hosted by the immaculate Miss[……]

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