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.
We spoke to last year’s winner on the red carpet, about what LGBTI fans should expect in Copenhagen this week.
‘Scandanavia is gay friendly, which is amazing,’ de Forest told us. ‘Gay fans will experience a great time in Copenhagen. We are really ready to host this contest and there are great things to do here. It’s a party for everyone.’
The 2013 competition was held in neighboring Sweden, where Gay Star News dubbed the event ‘the gayest Eurovision ever‘, featuring Eurovision’s first same-sex kiss on stage and frequent references by the hosts to the LGBTI community.
Not to be outdone, Denmark, one of the world’s most open minded countries, is making sure that the 2014 will be equally inclusive to LGBT visitors and viewers. With the launch of Euroviscious Pride Square which is run by the organizers of Copenhagen Pride, the square aims to be the focal point and meeting place for LGBT residents and visitors over the next week.
The week’s events in Euroviscious Square include a tribute to Sweden featuring poetry reading about sexuality, sexuality and norms and a set by Drag King DJs Potato Potato.
Later in the week is the It Gets Political event as politicians debate LGBT rights across Europe and the world showing that Eurovision isn’t all about camp disco balls.
Also planned are a drag party and a T-lounge cocktail party for trans people and friends.
In 1989, Denmark was the first country to legalize same-sex partnerships and to celebrate the 25th anniversary will be offering a chance for all couples, gay and straight, to get married during Eurovision week. Same-sex marriage became legal in Denmark in 2012.
Gay Star News are live in Copenhagen and will be offering news, previews, and exclusives throughout the week,