News from Iceland's LGBT community
Samtokin '78 (National Queer Organization) will throw its annual Christmas Party December 20th at Kiki. The one and only DJ Dramatik will keep the party going, drag queens will perform and we´ve been told Santa will stop buy bringing gifts to those who are well behaved! The xmas party is a fundraiser for the Organization and every penny counts. Doors open at 9 pm, fabulous queens will show up fashionably late at around 11:30pm. Drink included for the early birds (until 1am or as long as they don´t run out of supplies). Special offers at the bar and the party won't stop until everyone is all warm and fuzzy! Ticket price is ISK 1500, ISK 1000 for members of Samtökin '78.
Drag star Willam Belli was the headline act at the opening night of Reykjavik Gay Pride 2014. Not only did he dazzle us with his wit and songs he also took the time to learn a few icelandic words. Check out our video and learn some icelandic before coming to Iceland, words like "Vaðlaheiðarvegavinnuverkfærageymsluskúrslyklakippuhringur".
As usual the National Queer Center will invite everyone to attend their annual Christmas Bingo where you have the chance of winning something fantastic and fabulous. It´s always great fun to attend and socialize while enjoying a friendly vibe and support good cause at the same time.
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.
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