News from Iceland's LGBT community
It´s time to glam up a little and get ready for the next Pink Party on November 8th. It´s Halloween with a glamourous twist (what else). Prizes for the 'glamoweenest' looks of the night, free glitter and makeup for those in need. So 'glam-up' and get ready for the queerest club night this season. Everything goes: drag, gender bending, club kid, glamour, grunge and freaking fabs welcome!
Location is Iðusalir - 3rd floor (Lækjargata 2a, city center). House opens 10 pm, entrance fee is ISK 1500 before midnight, 2.500 ISK after midnight. Family discount and discount for members of Samtökin '78. Free drink for those who show up early (before midnight). Age limit 22.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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“.
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