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Reykjavik on Lonely Planet´s top 10 list Best in Travel 2015

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21 October 2014

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According to Lonely Planet´s list Best in Travel 2015Best in Travel 2015, Reykjavik is among the top 10 friendliest destinations for LGBT travelers. Copenhagen comes first on Lonely Planet´s Best in Travel list with Reykjavik listed number 9 on the list "described as one of the friendliest places and most inclusive on Earth". In 2015, Reykjavik will host its 17th Gay Pride march and the 11th BEARS ON ICE event. Iceland also has some of the world's most progressive laws. In 2006, same-sex couples were granted equal rights with their heterosexual counterparts without limitation. 

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Gay-friendly travel destinations: The world's top 10 (The Independent)   
Fast facts about LGBT Iceland   
Iceland: Homosexuality and the law

 

Samtökin '78 find a new home. Reykjavik City Library receives 1400 books.

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24 September 2014

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Samtökin '78, The National Queer Organization, have found a new home in Reykjavik´s city Center on Suðurgata 3 after 15 years on Laugavegur 3. Samtokin '78 was founded in 1978 and since 1999 the organization ran a community center on Laugavegur 3. At Laugavegur Samtökin '78 ran also Iceland´s only LGBT library containing a diverse selection of books, magazines, videos and DVDs. As the Organization has found itself a new home, so has the library. The organization donated some 1,400 books from their library to Reykjavík City Library which the Mayor of Reykjavik, Dagur B. Eggertsson received happily on Bi Visibility Day, 23 September 2014.

Big smiles and a lot of hugs: The 10th BEARS ON ICE has just finished

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09 September 2014

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The 10th BEARS ON ICE has just finished with bears and friends going back home with good memories and smile on their faces. "The weekend was a great success and went pretty much as planned.  "We´ve been so lucky through out the years to have fantastic people coming for the event, very friendly men from all over the world and we´re very grateful for that". The event was also the biggest in its 10 year history, but it´s still fairly small event compared to most bear events around the world. "Dates for next year´s event have not been set, the team is getting some rest now but will let you know very soon" says Frosti.

BEARS ON ICE Iceland´s biggest gay event ever soon to kick off

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24 August 2014

 

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Iceland´s biggest men only gay event, BEARS ON ICE, is about to kick off, the four day event starts September 4th. This is also the 10th anniversary for BEARS ON ICE. The event has grown bigger every year since the first one in 2005 and this year will be no exception. Over 150 bears and friends are flying to Iceland from all over the world for the event, making it the biggest gay event in Iceland ever.

Successful Reykjavik Pride: Over 90.000 showing up for the parade

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12 August 2014

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Reykjavik Pride weekend has just finished and we´re still busy sorting out all the pictures taken during the weekend, soon to be posted on our website gallery. The event was a huge success with around 90.000 people showing up for the Pride Parade and outdoor concert at Arnarhóll in the city center. It´s hard to imagine that when the first parade took place in 1999 it would grow from a few people participating and around 1.500 people showing up for the event, to almost one fourth of the country coming to  the event, showing support to the LGBT community, friends and families. This year over 30 floats took part in the parade, most of them bringing joyful message to the public and a few reminding our fellow citizens that work is still to be done and we still need to keep our eyes open and fight prejudice.

Get ready, Reykjavik Pride is coming up

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30 July 2014

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Reykjavik Gay Pride is just around the corner with number of events taking place all around Reykjavik for full five days. The official pride program runs from Tuesday (August 5th) through Sunday (August 10th) and offers diversity of events such as documentaries, lectures, Diving Divas, walk around Reykjavik´s Botanic Garden, concerts, Queer Cruise, dance parties and last but certainly not least a colorful parade.

The Icelandic Drag Competition 2014

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20 July 2014

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The Icelandic Drag Competition celebrates its eighteenth anniversary this year and will crown its Drag Queen and the Drag King of Iceland Wednesday August 6th at Harpa. Ticket price is ISK 2.800 and available at harpa.is. This year´s host is the Icelandic comedian Þorsteinn Guðmundsson so get ready for good laughs and lots of fun. This year´s theme is „On the cover of the DraggingStones“. 

Reykjavik Gay Pride 2014 Program Guide now available

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15 July 2014

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Reykjavik Gay Pride Program guide is now available. We´re expecting lots of fun for this year´s pride with local and international artists performing. The opening ceremony kicks off Thursday August 7th at Harpa Concert Hall (city center) with the one and only Willam (William Belli) performing who´s well known by many for his participation in RuPaul´s Drag Race as well as some of Iceland´s best known performers including the Icelandic gay icon Paul Oscar

Download the Reykjavik Gay Pride Program guide and get ready to party!  Visit Reykjavik Gay Pride website for more information about events, artists, tickets and venues.

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