News from Iceland's LGBT community

Longest running Childrens TV show in Iceland talks about being Gay

  • Published: 19 October 2015

The longest running children's TV show in Iceland, "Stundin okkar" which is run on National State Television (RUV) aired a frank and open conversation about sexuality, more specificly, about the fact that some people are gay and not everyone is straight.  Gay Pop icon Paul Oscar (Páll Óskar) was invited to the show to perform and part of the show involved an open conversation between him and the host about sexuality where Paul Oscar told the host that he doesn´t get chrushes on girls and further explaining the fact that some boys like boys and some girls like girls.

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Samtökin '78 New Community Center Opens

  • Published: 03 October 2015

Samtökin '78, Iceland´s National Queer Organization, has opened their new community center on Suðurgata 3 in Reykjavik´s city center. "This is a new beginning" says Auður Magndís Auðardóttir general manager. "It has taken us a while to get our new home in order but we´re very happy it´s all done and now we´re able to get back on track says Auður Magndís. "We´re still to find our strengths again after being homeless for a while but we´ve already scheduled regular events at the new community center including Open house every Thursday night from 20-23 (everyone welcomed) and Youth group meetings every sunday at 19:30 for kids aged 14-20 years old.

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The State Church is discriminating against same sex couples and breaking the law.

  • Published: 27 September 2015

The recent story of a US clerk Kim Davis refusing to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples rightfully made a lot of fuzz around the globe and was seen as test to a US Supreme Court ruling that has given homosexuals the right to marry in the USA. In 2010 the Icelandic Parliament approved unanimously marriage legislation to include matrimony between same sex couples (man and man, woman and woman), upgrading same sex marriage to be fully equal with marriage.

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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)

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

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