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One man Theatre

  • Published: 28 August 2008


Artist Hörður Torfason is not only well known for his music. He´s also known for being the first gay man to come out to the public in a famous interview in 1975 which left the nation in a total shock and forced him to leave the country. Influenced by the international liberation movement. Hörður Torfason played an important role in the foundation of Samtökin ´78, The Lesbian and Gay Organisation of Iceland. After braking the silence Iceland was not the same. In a interview (2004) Hörður talks about the past, present and upcoming projects.

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Fragments of Lesbian and Gay History

  • Published: 20 August 2008

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Until the 1970s lesbians and gay men were practically invisible in Icelandic society which surrounded them with contempt and massive silence. Their reaction was either to hide their sexual identity completely, finding an occasional escape from the oppression while touring abroad, or to move to the metropolitan cities of continental Europe and Northern America. Many of those people never turned back, being later properly termed as sexual political refugees.

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It's all about football

  • Published: 20 August 2008


St. Styrmir is all about football, friendship and fair play. "St. Styrmir can be defined as a gay football team but everyone can join the team. We even have a few women and straight guys playing" says Alfred Hauksson, the team organizer. At the moment St. Styrmir is the only gay football (soccer) team in Iceland and is still at it's early age. "Haffi, the founder, used to live in London he played with a gay football team called Left-footers. When he moved back to Iceland he brought the idea with him and started the team" explains Alfred. "He put up an advertisement and 7 guys showed up for the first practice in June last summer" says Alfred.

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Re-discovering the delights of Iceland

  • Published: 20 August 2008


For many, Iceland didn't really register itself upon the international stage before the success of Björk in the mid-90s. It became a briefly fashionable destination during that decade, but is now once again the preserve of more discerning or adventurous travellers. Dubbed 'the land of fire and ice', this is a country that lives side-by-side with the elements. At the height of summer it enjoys sunshine at midnight, while in the depths of February, it sees just four hours of daylight, from noon till 4pm. Spectacular displays of the aurora borealis provide some compensation, but few would still choose to visit at such a time. Glaciers permanently scar parts of its wild landscape, while elsewhere dozens of volcanoes and hot geysers keep things fiery and steamy.

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Neil Geraghty reports from Iceland's first ever Bear

  • Published: 20 August 2008


IT'S been a long hot summer for bears but autumn's finally here, the weather's cooling down and the grizzlies are busily brushing up their fur to embark on their annual winter migrations. This year, the season got off to an early start as Reykjavik proudly hosted it's first ever Bears on Ice weekend. A small but dedicated band of UK bears braved the sub Arctic temperatures to enjoy a weekend of hairy Viking 'rape and pillage' in the party capital of northern Europe. The weekend festivities kicked off on Friday night at the tiny Club MSC in the heart of downtown Reykjavik with the Vikings, Bears and Leather party. Here our host Frosti Jónsson, a fetching little blond and ginger cub, drew gasps of dismay when he threatened to recite an Icelandic poem of welcome. This was quickly followed by roars of approval when he offered to get his knob out instead!

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A little bit of Queer history

  • Published: 16 April 2008

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Until the 1970s lesbians and gay men were practically invisible in the Icelandic society and many of them were forced to leave the country in the search for more open society. The silence was first broken in 1975 when the first gay man revealed his sexual identity publicly in the local media. As a result living in Iceland was not an option and he moved to Denmark. In 1978 The Lesbian and Gay Organization of Iceland was founded, generally being referred to as 'Samtökin 78'.  it´s establishment a bold initiative was made in making gay men and lesbians visible in Iceland and fighting against prejudices.

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