Located on Seeland, one of the largest islands in the Kingdom of Denmark, Copenhagen is a human-sized capital city where life is good. The city is connected by the Øresund Bridge to its neighbour Malmö in Sweden. The two cities are co-hosting Worlpride 2021 and the EuroGames 2021, major events in the global LGBTQ+ calendar. Here is a good illustration of how these 2 Scandinavian countries can unite. Loaded with history, Copenhagen was founded by the Vikings, and was originally a fishermen’s village. Very tolerant, there is a gay friendly atmosphere throughout the city. Most LGBTQ+ establishments are located around the city hall and along the Studiestraede.
Copenhagen has a population of approximately 1.3 million people in its urban area. It is a human-sized city whose history begins with the Vikings in the 10th century. You can see the famous Nyhavn canal lined with colourful houses that you have probably seen on a postcard, visit the Christianborg castle, stroll through the streets of the historic Frederiksstaden district or go to the famous theme park: Tivoli Gardens. The LGBTQ+ population is very integrated and you will quickly feel at home in this city known for its excellent quality of life. It’ s also a city that has significantly integrated ecology and the environment in its recent economic development.
Copenhagen is a very gay friendly city. Surrounded by nature, the city is also one of the favorite capitals for LGBTQ+ tourists who want to spend a weekend or to enjoy a festival like the gay pride in August since 1996. Even though gay establishments are grouped together in the city centre, it’ s nice to visit a city where the welcome is the same in every establishment, without any discrimination. You can walk hand in hand without any problem. For this summer, Copenhagen will host the 2021 WorldPride as well as the 2021 EuroGames, in partnership with the neighbouring Swedish city of Malmö, located about 10 kilometres away. This is a beautiful example of unity within the European Union.
Copenhagen is a very tolerant city, as is Denmark itself. The northern European country has an excellent reputation for LGBTQ+ rights. It is a rare fact that homosexuality was decriminalised in the kingdom as early as in 1933. Denmark was then the first country in the world, in 1989, to allow same-sex registered partnerships. Since 2012, gay marriage has replaced registered partnership. Adoption, like gender reassignment, is also permitted by law. There are many campaigns to raise awareness of all forms of equal rights, especially for transgender people.
Denmark is a member of the European Union, but its currency is still the Danish krone. 10 Euros will give you about 74 DKK.
For citizens of the European Union, Switzerland or a member country of the European Economic Area, a national identity card or passport is sufficient, as Denmark is a member of the Schengen Area.
For travellers coming from Canada, the United States or Australia, there is an agreement with the EU allowing you to be exempted from visas for all stays not exceeding 90 days. However, please note that during 2022, you will have to get your ETIAS before any departure. This is an electronic travel authorisation that must be done online before the trip, which will cost €7 and will give access to the Schengen area. Here is the link for more information: ETIAS.
Centralhjørnet (Kattesundet 18). A MUST-see, as this is the oldest bar in the world, opened since 1917. You can still find a very friendly service in a rustic atmosphere and a decoration that changes according to the seasons (the Christmas one is described as “an orgy of large balls and spangles”).
Oscar Bar & Cafe (Regnbuepladsen 9). Bar-café with very good reviews, next to the town hall and also with an excellent restaurant menu.
Jailhouse CPH (Studiestraede 12). Gay bar-restaurant with a “prison” decoration, even if it’s not a cruising bar. Bear-friendly.
Masken Bar & Cafe (Studiestraede 33). Small traditional bar on 2 floors, with rustic decoration and reasonable prices.
Kiss Kiss Bar & Café (Studiestraede 41). Gay bar with a rustic decoration filled with paintings and a large selection of micro-brewery beers.
Cosy Bar (Studiestraede 24). Bar with a relatively young clientele, lively theme nights and a dance floor.
G-A-Y Bar Copenhagen (Vester Voldgade 10). Popular bar-club in Copenhagen with many theme nights and good DJs. Ideal if you are looking for a dance floor to spend the whole night on.
Men’s Bar (Teglgårdstraede 3). Bar in a dark atmosphere with a rather mature clientele and which also proposes small restoration.
Never Mind (Nørre Voldgade 2). Popular gay club with bar area and dance floor. Many parties with pop music from the 90s.
Vela Gay Club (2-4, Viktoriagade). Popular lesbian bar in Copenhagen with a lounge area and also a dance floor.
SLM-København (Lavendelstraede 17). Large gay cruising club specializing in leather and fetish clientele. Bar area, games room and theme nights.
Body Bio(Kingosgade 7). Small gay sauna with a mainly mature clientele.
Looking for a gay erotic shop:
Homoware (Larsbjørnsstræde 11). Gay erotic shop with a good reputation in Copenhagen.
From Thursday 12 August to Sunday 22 August 2021.
In 2021, Copenhagen will host the Copenhagen WorldPride as well as the Copenhagen EuroGamesin partnership with its Swedish neighbour, Malmö.
The opening ceremony will take place on Friday 13 August 2021 at City Hall Square, where a large stage will be set up. On Saturday, August 21, 2021, the closing ceremony will take place at the same location. The city will be decked out in rainbow colours with the installation of numerous themed “villages”, including one dedicated to the sportsmen and women attending the EuroGames.
WorldPride 2021 Pride Stairs
Opening march: Malmö, Sweden. Saturday, August 14, 2021.
WoldPride Parade: Copenhagen, Denmark. Saturday, August 21, 2021.
Covid-19 update. For the moment the event remains scheduled. More details to come. Book your accommodation quickly (with a free cancellation option).
In Copenhagen, the most used gay dating apps in normal time are Grindr, PlanetRomeo and Scruff.
Video source: You Tube – Copenhagen 2021 Official – 27 June 2020. Photo credit 1: licensed by Shutterstock.com / photographer: Sean Pavone. Photo credit 2: Copenhagen Pride, Wilfred Gachau.