Gay and lesbian Denmark

Denmark is an open and friendly society which prides itself on being welcoming and accepting of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals. Here's a guide to LGBT events, attractions and resources in Denmark.

Denmark has long been a tolerant and relaxed country for both the Danish and international LGBT communities.


LGBT Denmark history

In 1948 Denmark established a National Association for Gays and Lesbians (LGBT Denmark) - one of the first of its kind in the world.

In 1989 Denmark became the first country in the world to legally recognise registered partnerships for same-sex couples. Danish couple Axel and Eigil Axgil became the world’s first gay couple to enter into a civil union on 1st October the same year.

Registered gay couples have been allowed to adopt since 2009, and since 2012 gay people are legally allowed to get married in church. 

Copenhagen Pride

Being gay in Denmark

Denmark is generally considered a great inclusive place for people of all persuasions. There is a wealth of LGBT activites and events throughout the year such as the extravagant Copenhagen Pride festival, as well as MIX Copenhagen - one of the oldest LGBT film festivals in the world.

There are many LGBT support groups and communities across the country that organise regular events and workshops, as well as providing advice and tips.

If you're looking for a great night out, or you just want somewhere to sip a coffee in peace and quiet, see our guide to gay and lesbian bars, cafés and nightclubs in Denmark. 

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World's most gay-friendly place!

In 2014, Lonely Planet named Copenhagen as the most gay-friendly place in the whole world!

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Gay Copenhagen

Come and be charmed by cozy Copenhagen and feel the openness and friendliness that Copenhagen is well-known for. Copenhagen welcomes you with open arms!

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