News from Iceland's LGBT community

Get Ready For The Bears

  • Published: 16 August 2015

BEARS ON ICE, Iceland´s annual bear event, is just around the corner, but the festival kicks off September 3rd with a Welcome Party at Iðusalir in Reykjavik´s city Center. Over 150 bears and friends from all over the world are coming for the event in September to enjoy what Iceland has to offer including sight seeing tours, visit to the world famous Blue lagoon and some partying as well.  

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Reykjavik Pride Opening Ceremony

  • Published: 07 August 2015

Reykjavik Pride  Opening Ceremony took place last night at Harpa (August 6th, 2015) with local and international artists performing. For over a decade, the Reykjavík Pride Opening Ceremony has been one of the festival’s most popular events showcasing the talents of a variety of artists, but also a yearly gathering of the extended queer family in Iceland. Here are a few photos from Reykjavik Gay Pride Opening Ceremony (pictures by Pall Gudjonsson). 

Queens and Kings in drag battle for the Crown

  • Published: 06 August 2015

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Reykjavik Pride week has started with all sorts of events and activities taking place in Reykjavik for a few days. Last night Iceland´s most entertaining competition took place at the old Opera with kings and queens in drag taking on a battle of the crowns.  Handsome Dave and Queen GóGó Starr walked away with the trophies leaving the crowd gagging on all the eleganza. Check out the pictures from last night competition "Draggkeppni Íslands" (Pictures By Pall Gudjonsson)

Páll Óskar releases new single

  • Published: 24 July 2015

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Páll Óskar aka Paul Oscar, one of Iceland´s best known pop singer and a true gay icon is releasing his new single, "Líttu upp í ljós" (Look into the Light) today. Celebrating life is Paul Oscar´s trademark and thats what his new dance pop singleis all about. The release is a in collaboration with the Icelandic Producers/DJs DUSK (Jakob Reynir Jakobson and Bjarki Hallbergsson). Páll Óskar has been been on the front line as an entertainer and a gay right activist since first on stage at a young age and is no newbie to music. Check out Paul Oscar´s new song and share the love.

 

Reykjavik Pride: Pride Magazine and new website

  • Published: 16 July 2015

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Reykjavik Gay Pride launched a new website and the Pride Magazine listing all events for the the coming up Pride which starts August 4th. The guide includes information about all the Pride events taking place during the festival, interviews and articles on LGBTIQ issues and culture. Reykjavik Pride is a festival that celebrates queer culture and legal rights, but also an event that focuses on human diversity and different aspects of queer culture – and the festival guide is a platform for such discussions.

This year´s Pride is packed with interesting events from August 4th-9th. The theme of Reykjavik Pride this year is "health", and the interviews and articles in the programme guide are focused on various aspects of health, health care and the queer society.

Check out Reykjavik Pride brand new website and Pride Magazine

Participate in Reykjavik Pride Parade

  • Published: 12 July 2015

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Reykjavik Gay Pride will kick off for the 17th time August 4th and is accepting applications from those interested in participating in the Pride Parade August 8th. The Reykjavik Pride Parade has become one of Iceland´s biggest outdoor events is definitely the highlight of the event which last from 4-9th of August.

This year´s theme is "Health" and everyone who´s interested to participate is encouraged to send a application.

The Gay Route The parade will go from point A to C, Sound systems and generators will be fitted on trucks and cars at point D. The route gives the participants a lot of space so don´t be short on decorations! Among events on Schedule this year apart from the big parade are concerts, gay cruise, and a Pride Ball. Check out Reykjavik Gay Pride website for more details.

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Among events on Schedule this year apart from the big parade are concerts, gay cruise, and a Pride Ball. Check out Reykjavik Gay Pride website for more details.

 

Iceland drops to 12th place on ILGA-Europe 2015 Rainbow Map

  • Published: 11 May 2015

ILGA-Europe, The European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, has released its 2015 ILGA-Europe Rainbow Map, reflecting the National legal and policy human rights situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and interest (LGBTI) people in Europe. Iceland came in 8th place in their 2014 Index but drops down to number 12th on the list. The total score for Iceland remains about the same (63%) but Malta’s rise to 3rd in ILGA´s 2015 rating is undoubtedly the most eye-catching story of the 2015 Rainbow Map.

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Iceland comes 8th on ILGA-Europe Rainbow Map

  • Published: 04 May 2015

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Iceland comes 8th on the 2014 ILGA-Europe Rainbow Map with the score of 64%. The ILGA map reflects the National legal and policy human rights situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and interest (LGBTI) people in Europe. UK is on top of the list scoring 82%, Belgium comes second with 78% and Spain is in third place with 73% score. Of the Scandinavian countries Norway is number 5 on the list and Sweden comes number seven.

Iceland´s drawback on the ILGA are on numerous topics and issues, mostly related to the recognition and protection of individuals based on gender identity, automatic co-parent recognition and lack of policy tackling hate speech.

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