News from Iceland's LGBT community

Johanna Sigurdardottir is an Icon of GLBT History Month 2010 in October

  • Published: 22 September 2010


Johanna Sigurdardottir is an Icon of GLBT History Month 2010 in October. Equality Forum is a national and international gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization with an educational focus, headquartered in Philadelphia. This year marks the 5th Anniversary of GLBT History Month.  "We are delighted that Iceland recently unanimously passed same-sex marriage legislation and that the Prime Minister and her partner were the first couple to be officially married" says Malcolm Lazin, Executive Director of Equality Forum.  Read more ...

Refuses to dine with Iceland's gay prime minister and her parnter

  • Published: 08 September 2010

Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir

Jenis av Ran, chairman of Faroe Island´s Central Party has refused to attend a formal dinner held in honour of Icelandic prime minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir's and her wife who are on an official visit to Faroe Island. Jenis av Ran said if he accepts the invitation it equals supporting gay marriage which he can´t, it´s agains his religious believes and his political party will never approve same sex marriages. Jenis av Ran homophobic reaction has received a lot of attention in Iceland as in rest of Scandinavia. His reaction has been publicly condemned by Iceland's foreign minister saying his comments are "disgraceful". Read more ...

Bear weekend in Reykjavik

  • Published: 06 September 2010


Reykjavik bear weekend in coming up. BEARS ON ICE kicks off Thursday night, September 9th, with a welcome party at the Queer Center (Laugavegur 3).  Over the next few days visiting bears and friends will have the opportunity to see a little bit of Iceland including geysers, The Golden waterfall and get soaked in the world famous (or so we think) geothermal Blue Lagoon (don't forget to put the blue silica mud face mask on!).

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Concert with Hörður Torfason

  • Published: 01 September 2010

Hörður Torfa

Hörður Torfason throws his annual concert at the City Theater (Borgarleikhúsið), September 9th, while celebrating the 40 year anniversary his first album which was released 1970. Hörður is both well know for his music and as a human rights campaigner. In 1975 he came out to the public as a gay man in an infamous interview  which left the nation in a total shock. After the interview he found himself forced to leave the country returning a few years later. His contribution to the Icelandic gay rights movement is an important one influencing the foundation of Samtökin '78, The National Queer Association Iceland in 1978. Read more ...


  • Published: 18 August 2010


For the 6th year BEARS ON ICE kicks off Thursday September 9. This four day event welcomes bears and friends and is a great opportunity to see a little bit of Iceland and have some fun with like-minded guys from around the world. Since the first event held in 2005 BEARS ON ICE has become an important part of Reykjavik´s gay scene while adding some flavour to the small but open gay scene. Visit BEARS ON ICE web page for more information, program and registration. Bears of Iceland are on Facebook. Click here for BEARS ON ICE 2009 pictures.

Another great Gay Pride weekend!

  • Published: 09 August 2010

Paul Oscar at Gay Pride 2010 

Another successful Gay Pride weekend is over with over 80.000 people attending the Saturday Gay Pride parade through Reykjavik´s city center lead by the Mayor of Reykjavik dressed in drag. What a weekend! pictures from Gay Pride weekend are now online. Read more ...

The mayor of Reykjavik dresses up for Gay Pride

  • Published: 07 August 2010

Mayor of Reykjavik

The mayor of Reykjavik, Mr. Jón Gnarr took everyone with surprise when showing up in drag during Gay Pride´s opening ceremony Thursday night marking the beginning of Reykjavik´s Gay Pride weekend. But this was not to be his first or last appearances during the weekend. Dressed up in drag Mr. Jón Gnarr lead the merry and colorful parade through the city center today, sending flowers and kisses to the crowd which earned him admiration and applause. The city of Reykjavik has been a great supporter of Reykjavik Gay Pride through the years and with the mayor himself participating is important for the event  and a great way to show support to the LGBT cause.

Happy Gay Pride

  • Published: 05 August 2010

Happy Gay pride

Reykjavik Gay Pride weekend kicks off tonight, Thursday August 5th, with the Gay Pride opening ceremony in the Icelandic Opera starting 8 pm. Variety of events will take place during the pride weekend such as queer walking tours around Reykjavik city center, Queer Cruise from Reykjavik harbor and Saturday queer dances. The Saturday parade down Laugavegur and outdoor concert will of course mark the highlight of the event and is expected to attract thousand of people showing solidarity with the gay cause while celebrating live itself. The Gay Pride festivities in Reykjavík have been a marvellous success since 1999 and has become one of Iceland´s biggest outdoor event.   Read more ...

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