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'Gay-friendly' Copenhagen to host WorldPride 2021

Danish capital chosen by InterPride to host world’s largest LGBTQ event

Pictured: Copenhagen named the 'most gay-friendly place on earth'

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to take to the streets of Copenhagen in three years’ time when the city hosts the ultimate celebration of tolerance, diversity and inclusion.

The international association InterPride selected the Danish capital as 2021 host city for the world’s largest LGBTQ event  - WorldPride  - at its AGM in Indianapolis, US, which has just concluded.

The city’s bid placed heavy emphasis on  inclusion and human rights.

Copenhagen is also among the candidates to host EuroGames in 2021, an event governed by the European Gay & Lesbian Sport Federation. The aim is to combine the two events into one ‘mega-event’ featuring a pride parade, a human rights conference and hundreds of sporting events.

The Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen leant his support to the winning bid, which was led by LGBT travel organisation Happy Copenhagen, in a video message to InterPride.

Kit Lykketoft, director of Conventions at Wonderful Copenhagen – the city’s official DMO, was part of the Danish and Swedish delegation attending InterPride’s AGM and World Conference.

She said: “We are very excited about Copenhagen hosting the 2021 WorldPride. Not only is Copenhagen a very open and inclusive city, but it also has a strong track record of hosting large international events. Adding to this, it offers a safe and friendly setting for LGBTQ visitors, making it an ideal destination for WorldPride, which we hope to combine with Eurogames.”

Denmark was the first country in the world to legalise same-sex registered partnerships and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014. Since then, Danish politicians have continued to pass laws to ensure the rights of the LGBTQ community. Recently named the most gay-friendly place on earth by the Lonely Planet, Copenhagen is one of the most tolerant and open communities in Europe.

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