News from Iceland's LGBT community

Queer Center extends it´s opening hours

  • Published: 18 October 2008

Queer center 

The Queer Center on Laugavegur 3 (4th floor)  is now open 3 nights a week. Cafe/Bar and library is open Monday nights and Thursday nights from 8 to 11.00. On Saturdays Cafe/Bar and library is open from 1 pm to 5 pm and Cafe/Bar is open Saturday nights from 8 pm to midnight. Office is open weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm

The National Queer Organization, Samtökin ‘78, is an interest and an activist group for homosexuals, bisexuals and transsexuals in Iceland. The organisation’s goal is for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual persons to be visible and recognised and enjoy their rights to the fullest in Icelandic society.

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Iceland's bluesiest chanteuse is ready with a new album

  • Published: 08 October 2008

Lay Low 

Lovisa Elisabet Sigrunardottir a.k.a. LayLow who has been described as the Iceland's bluesiest chanteuse is ready with a new album. She took Iceland with a surprise when releasing her 2006 debut Please Don't Hate Me and was on top of the Icelandic charts for weeks. Since then LayLow has been very busy performing all over in Iceland and elsewhere. When the National Queer Organization celebrated approved legislation in 2007 LayLow was there to share her charisma and music.

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'A Country Teacher' receives Queer Cinema Awards

  • Published: 05 October 2008

venkovsky ucitel 

Reykjavik Queer Film Festival has just ended and at the closing party two films were awarded. The film 'A Country Teacher' (Venkovský ucitel) by the Czech director Bohdan Sláma received this year´s Queer Film Award. The film tells the story of a  talented and intelligent teacher who is hired at a school in the countryside, a brilliant film about secret desire, rejection and the search for love.

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Director and producer Sandi DuBowski at the Queer center

  • Published: 29 September 2008

sandi dubowski

Sandi Dubowski will be sharing his experience at a meeting October 3rd in The Rainbow Room, the locals of Samtökin ´78, the National Queer Center at Laugavegur 3. Sandi DuBowski is the Producer of A Jihad for Love (featured at RIFF) and Director/Producer of the award-winning Trembling Before G-d, an unprecedented feature documentary that shatters assumptions about faith, sexuality, and religious fundamentalism.

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Club MSC finds itself a new location

  • Published: 28 September 2008


The legendary men only club MSC is about to find itself a new location after 11 years behind the iron gate opposite the Icelandic Opera. MSC has been the heart of the leather scene in Iceland but it has also attracted men of all types who simply like the company of like minded guys and relaxed atmosphere. The new location is on Laugavegur 28 in the city center. Opening night is scheduled in early November.

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Q&A with Squeezebox directors Zach Shaffer and Steve Saporito

  • Published: 26 September 2008


Reykjavik Queer Film Festival is full on with variety of interesting films in theaters. Squeezebox directors Zach Shaffer and Steve Saporito will be in town for the queer film festival.  September 28th they will answer questions from audience and talk about their movie and production at restaurant and theater Iðnó (by the pond next to the city hall).  The session starts 5.30 p.m.

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Reykjavik queer film festival

  • Published: 18 September 2008


Reykjavik Queer Film Festival opens next week, September 26th. This year, the Reykjavík Queer Film Festival proudly joins forces with RIFF – Reykjavík International Film Festival. Previously, the event was organized independently, but now, by being part of the largest and most prestigious film festival in Iceland, organisers hope to reach out to an even larger audience.  

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Dates for Reykjavik Gay Pride 2009

  • Published: 15 September 2008


The dates for Reykjavik Gay Pride 2009 are August 6 - 9. Artists who want to perform at the event should sent their applications before the end of February 2009.

The Reykjavik Gay Pride is a grass-root non-profit organization. A board of five directors is elected at an annual meeting. The board works closely with a pride committee wich is open for all who wants to work for pride.

Visit Reykjavik Gay Pride website for more information

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