Welcome to Copenhagen, strong contender for world’s most gay-friendly city. Denmark’s capital has a famously liberal and laissez-faire attitude to sexuality, a thriving gay scene, gorgeously picturesque architecture, and some of the world’s best design and gastronomy. It’s the perfect blend of culture, aesthetic, and fun, with a healthy dose of hedonism thrown in after nightfall.
Denmark was the first country in the world to recognize same-sex partnerships. Gay Copenhagen, its capital is home to the oldest gay bar in Europe and to one of the continent’s biggest and best Pride celebrations. The country is proud of its progressive laws and attitudes, and this means that gay travelers never fail to fall in love with the place. Of course, the fact that the locals are almost absurdly attractive also helps.
The bohemian, studenty Latin Quarter and the hipster meatpacking district are filled with gay bars to explore, ranging from low-key beer joints to cool industrial dancefloors and decadent leather cruise clubs. These will keep you entertained during your evenings in Copenhagen, but there’s plenty to fill your days as well.
Enjoy the rides at colorful Tivoli, the world’s second-oldest amusement park located right in the center of town, or stroll alongside the colorful houses of Nyhavn harbor. Head to Freetown Christiania for a taste of the true hippie life, or take in some fine art in a world-class museum. Pop into unique shops selling the best in Scandi design, then dine on Michelin-starred Nordic cuisine – or munch on a tasty local hot dog if you are on a budget. Then, after hitting the gay bars and clubs, you can rest your head in your impeccably-designed hotel room before starting fresh the next day.
Copenhagen may very well be the world’s most gay-friendly city. Scandinavia is famously progressive, and Denmark’s attitudes toward homosexuality have always been far ahead of the curve. Same-sex sexual activity was legalized as early as 1933, and they were the first country in the world to legally recognize same-sex partnerships in 1989. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation has been illegal since 1996.
Copenhagen is a city where you can hold hands, kiss, or embrace in the street without any worries. Gay men are fully welcome in straight bars and, with few exceptions, vice-versa. Simply, put this is a city where you don’t have to worry about being openly gay.
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