Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to take to the streets of Copenhagen in 2021 when the city hosts WorldPride, the world’s largest LGBTQ event.
International association InterPride selected Copenhagen as host city during its Annual General Meeting in Indianapolis, US. Known for its long history of promoting gay rights and acceptance, the Danish capital won its bid for the 2021 event after presenting a bid that has inclusion and human rights at its core.
The organisation Happy Copenhagen stands behind the winning bid, which enjoyed strong support from local and national governments in both Denmark and Sweden.
The Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen Frank Jensen and the Mayor of Malmø Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh all backed Copenhagen’s bid.
Kit Lykketoft, director of conventions at Wonderful Copenhagen, the city’s official DMO, said the city was excited and looking forward to welcoming participants from around the world.
“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,” said Lykketoft.
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. Copenhagen as also recently named the most gay-friendly place on earth by Lonely Planet.
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