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October 2, 2014

On 1 October 1989 Denmark became the first country in the world to provide legal recognition for gay and lesbian couples – taking the first step on the road to marriage equality

Denmark is celebrating its Silver Anniversary of legally recognizing same-sex couples with civil partnerships this week – marking 25 years since it became the first country in the world to provide legal recognition of same-sex relationships.

On 1 October, 1989 the first 11 Danish same-sex couples were wed through civil ceremonies at the Copenhagen Town Hall by the then deputy mayor of the city Tom Ahlberg.

The same civil ceremony that was used for heterosexual couples to marry was used but with the word ‘marriage’ replaced with ‘registered partnership.’

July 28, 2014

One-in-ten people in the Danish dependency of the Faroe Islands marched in the Faroe Pride March on Sunday as lawmakers continue to oppose the legalization of same-sex marriage despite wide public support for the reform

Police in the Faroe Islands estimate that one-in-ten people in the country marched for LGBTI equality on Sunday at Faroe Pride.

The Faroe Islands are an autonomous country and a dependency of Denmark and it remains the only Nordic country other than Finland that does not allow same-sex couples to marry.

There are approximately 50,000 people living in the Faroe Islands and police say 5,000 of them were at the march in the capital Torshavn.

Recent polls have shown support for same-sex marriage among Faroe Islanders is as high as 68%.

July 22, 2014

Rasmus Holm and Thomas Møller Lassen have adopted a South African girl, making them the first Danish same-sex couple to adopt a child from another country since it became legal in 2010

Danish couple Rasmus Holm and Thomas Møller Lassen have adopted a nine-month-old South African girl, making them the first same-sex couple in Denmark to legally adopt a child from another country.

Same-sex couples have been allowed to adopt as couples since 2010 in Denmark. However few countries allow overseas adoptions by same-sex couples so it is not until now that the first overseas adoption by a Danish gay couple has occurred.

July 22, 2014

Recent reports that sperm donation in Britain is still in a critical state have been much exaggerated. Donors and sperm samples are in good supply, reports the London Sperm Bank

Reports continue to suggest that sperm donation in Britain is in a state of crisis: insufficient donors, insufficient supplies… and deep frozen sperm samples flown in from Denmark in yet another Viking invasion.

Nothing could be further from the truth, especially at the London Sperm Bank, where more than 15,000 vials of donor sperm are in storage and where, since the London Sperm Bank opened its doors in 2010, almost 4,000 cycles of treatment have been completed.

July 7, 2014

Victoria's Secret model was born to a gay mother and gay father over 21 years ago, and is now hoping to make it easier for other rainbow families

Supermodel Josephine Skriver has spoken out on what it is like to be the child of a gay mother and gay father.

The 21-year-old model, known for her work with Victoria’s Secret and Gucci, was newly appointed as an ambassador for Family Equality Council and its Outspoken Generation Program, a project dedicated to bringing awareness to LGBTI families.

Over two decades ago, Skriver’s mother placed an advert in an LGBTI magazine seeking a gay male partner to start a family with in Denmark.

June 11, 2014

As of 1 September, all Danes over 18 will be able to apply to be recognized as their true gender by simply stating they are that gender

Denmark has scrapped a law requiring people to be sterilized before they can be legally recognized as another gender.

As of 1 September, all Danes over 18 will be able to apply to be recognized as their true gender by simply stating they are that gender.

This means they no longer have to undergo the physical procedure before obtaining a new gender on their identification card.

May 27, 2014

There are only two openly gay soccer stars playing professionally, Robbie Rogers and Anton Hysén

The world would be supportive of an openly gay footballer, according to a new poll.

In the largest survey of football fans on this issue, the new research has found the majority would be happy to have a soccer star that is open about his sexuality.

Around 30,000 fans in 29 countries responded to the poll, organized by gay campaigning charity Stonewall and Swedish app designers Football Addicts.

Fans were asked if they would be comfortable if a player on their national team came out as gay.

May 22, 2014

Gay-friendly vodka, meat-lovers Mecca and The Bastard… The gastronomic greatness of Malmö, in a nutshell

Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city is the capital of the Skåne region – a fast-growing, multicultural city loves for its picturesque seaside and gastronomic diversity.

The city is known locally and internationally for its large renowned universities, charming beach huts and the Öresundbridge made famous by the TV series The Bridge. It is less than 30 minutes connection to Denmark over the sea and definitely worth viewing.

May 12, 2014

Conchita Wurst triumphed in Copenhagen, but what does that say about the rest of the country?

On Saturday (10 May), perhaps one of the most visible and loved LGBTI contestants in recent years won the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The crowd was behind Conchita Wurst all the way, chanting her name and cheering as she steadily edged her way to victory for Austria.

This was largely down to where she took the crown, performing in one of the most pro-gay countries in the world.

Denmark, like the majority of Scandinavia, is liberal and loving of its LGBTI community. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s perfect.

May 10, 2014

Celebrating Eurovision 2014, London drag queen Miss Dusty ‘O’ shares her thoughts on the international singing competition 

Eurovision is upon us yet again.

A chance for rabid nationalism and cheesy pop pap. I love it like so many people. Will this year be the last year we have a UK entry? Will next year have a Scottish entry and if so will England and Scotland vote for each other like the Baltic and Balkan states do consistently every year? Who knows but probably not, the Scots have never forgiven us for Flodden.

May 10, 2014

It’s all about Conchita, the drag hero representing Austria tonight in the even more LGBTI inclusive Eurovision Song Contest

Copenhagen in Denmark is getting ready to host an even more LGBTI inclusive Eurovision Song Contest final tonight.

Every year the Eurovision Song Contest throws up controversies whether it is neighborly voting, outrageous performances or same-sex kisses. This year is proving no different after the loud booing that Russia received when being announced as a finalist and the reaction to drag star Conchita Wurst.

This year the result is far from certain with at least 10 countries in with a realistic chance of victory. Here's our look at some of the main contenders.

May 6, 2014

See-saws, swings and a giant hamster wheel! Gay Star News takes you on a behind-the-scenes tour of this year's Eurovision Song Contest

With a theme of #JoinUs, the 59th Eurovision Song Contest takes place this week in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The first semi-final, to determine the first ten qualifiers, will be held on Tuesday evening.

GSN were at last night's rehearsal to give you a sneak preview of what to expect tonight as the competition intensifies.

The magnificent stage will ensure spectacular viewing for millions across the globe.

May 5, 2014

Iceland's Eurovision song aims to point out injustice

With a theme of 'Join Us', the 59th Eurovision Song Contest takes place this week in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Iceland's representative Pollapönk are certainly among the most colorful of the artists as they can be seen all around Copenhagen wearing their now traditional bright track suits.

They qualified for Eurovision by winning the Icelandic national final with their song Enga Fordóma, which has been translated into English as No Prejudice, a song championing equality for all.

May 4, 2014

All the news from Eurovision's red carpet! Last year's winner speaks to Gay Star News about what Denmark has to offer as we prepare for our biggest ever Eurovision

With a theme of 'Join Us', the 59th Eurovision Song Contest was officially opened at a star-packed opening gala at the City Hall in Copenhagen.

Thanks to last year's winning song, Only Teardrops by Danish singer Emmelie de Forest, this year's competition is being held in the Danish capital, Copenhagen.

All the entrants from the 37 competing countries attended the red-carpet event as Copenhagen opens it's doors for the week-long celebration of music and glitz. 

May 1, 2014

Co-creator of gay propaganda laws, Vitaly Milonov, describes the camp song contest as a 'Sodom show'

A Russian lawmaker has condemned the Eurovision Song Contest as ‘gay propaganda’.

Vitaly Milonov, co-sponsor of the ban on the promotion of ‘non-traditional relationships’, has called on Russia’s Eurovision selection committee to boycott this year’s contest in May.

Describing it as a ‘Europe-wide gay parade’, Milonov argued if Russia participates it would ‘contradict the path of cultural and moral renewal that Russia stands for today.’

April 22, 2014

Bring your passport and don’t forget your toothbrush on 9 May – you could be flying to Copenhagen for Eurovision after our Gay Star News and Visit Denmark party at G-A-Y Camp Attack at Heaven

Instead of a night bus home following a G-A-Y night out, you could be flying straight to Eurovision in Denmark.

Gay Star News has teamed up with Visit Denmark and G-A-Y for the ultimate Eurovision party at London’s Heaven club on Friday 9 May.

Rule one: Bring your passports and overnight bag. You can’t enter without them.

Rule two: Get on to the main dancefloor to become finalists and you could be invited on stage.

April 11, 2014

Denmark will celebrate its third time hosting the Eurovision Song Contest by marrying three Russian gay couples as it also marks 25 years since it legalized same-sex civil unions

The City of Copenhagen will celebrate the Eurovision song contest being held in Denmark by marrying three gay Russian couples in what organizers say is an act to ‘strike a blow for diversity.’

This is the third time that Denmark will host the contest and this year is also the 25th anniversary of Denmark becoming the first country in the world to formally recognize same-sex couples with civil partnerships.

April 11, 2014

Denmark will celebrate its third time hosting the Eurovision Song Contest by marrying three Russian gay couples as it also marks 25 years since it legalized same-sex civil unions

The City of Copenhagen will celebrate the Eurovision song contest being held in Denmark by marrying three gay Russian couples in what organizers say is an act to ‘strike a blow for diversity.’

This is the third time that Denmark will host the contest and this year is also the 25th anniversary of Denmark becoming the first country in the world to formally recognize same-sex couples with civil partnerships.

April 9, 2014

How well do you know this Northern European country sandwiched between Germany, Sweden and Norway? Home to the world’s best restaurant and cycling paths, we discuss why Denmark is topping the travel charts

Vibrant Denmark has everything your heart could desire for a Scandinavian city break.

Gastronomy? Denmark has some of the region’s most mouth-watering eateries.

Adventure? From countryside horseback rides to city tours on bicycles, Denmark has coast to coast covered. And we didn’t even get started on the amusement parks.

2014 is definitely the year of Denmark. Copenhagen has been named the European Green Capital, and the green capital city will also be in the global spotlight as the host of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest from 6 to 10 May.

April 9, 2014

How well do you know this Northern European country sandwiched between Germany, Sweden and Norway? Home to the world’s best restaurant and cycling paths, we discuss why Denmark is topping the travel charts

Vibrant Denmark has everything your heart could desire for a Scandinavian city break.

Gastronomy? Denmark has some of the region’s most mouth-watering eateries.

Adventure? From countryside horseback rides to city tours on bicycles, Denmark has coast to coast covered. And we didn’t even get started on the amusement parks.

2014 is definitely the year of Denmark. Copenhagen has been named the European Green Capital, and the green capital city will also be in the global spotlight as the host of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest from 6 to 10 May.

February 25, 2014

The Netherlands, Denmark and Norway have announced they will suspend financial assistance to Uganda after President Yoweri Museveni signed a controversial bill that would see homosexuals jailed for life - as others review their assistance to the East African nation

Norway, Denmark and The Netherlands have become the first countries to either redirect aid away from the Ugandan Government or freeze aid.

The Netherlands froze $9.6 million in aid to Uganda’s legal system, saying that if Uganda’s courts were to enforce the country’s new harsh laws further criminalizing homosexuality then they did not want to assist that process.

December 18, 2013

The Danish city proves taking Christmas seriously need not be expensive or overbearing

December in London, and in other big cities I've been to, often feels like a suffocating vice grip to make you feel 'Christmassy'.

Songs are constantly wormed into your ear so you're sick of it, buying presents is like a court ordered service, and all of the parties and dinners feel like a never-ending battle to keep fit while simultaneously guzzling fizzy wine and munching on mince pies.

December 18, 2013

The Danish city proves taking Christmas seriously need not be expensive or overbearing

December in London, and in other big cities I've been to, often feels like a suffocating vice grip to make you feel 'Christmassy'.

Songs are constantly wormed into your ear so you're sick of it, buying presents is like a court ordered service, and all of the parties and dinners feel like a never-ending battle to keep fit while simultaneously guzzling fizzy wine and munching on mince pies.

November 18, 2013

Gay-friendly Preferred Hotel Group’s Preferred Pride collection shares their favorite markets and neighboring LGBTI-welcoming hotels. Take in the aroma of freshly baked sweets, the glow of sparkling lights and the tunes of holiday music you can only find at these popular seasonal markets

There is just something about Christmas that turns a city into a transformed, magical place.

While the winter holidays may be a hectic time to travel, they’re also the one time a year you can justify a weekend getaway with a trip to 'the market'.

Christmas markets, started in Europe but quickly adopted throughout the rest of the world, cast your favorite city in a different, holiday light and can expose you to some new customs you may end up adopting into your own holiday traditions.