Same-sex couple wins Denmark’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’

By : John Paul King of the washington blade, courtesy of the national LGBT media association
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ABOVE: Jakob Fauerby and Silas Holst on “Vild med dans.” (Photo by Henrik Ohsten/VildMedDans via Facebook)

In what seems to be fast becoming an international trend, Denmark’s version of “Dancing With the Stars” has made history by featuring a same-sex couple – and this time, they’re not only included, they’ve won the competition.

Jakob Fauerby, 42, and Silas Holst, 36, were paired together on the show – which is called “Vild med dans”- after Fauerby, an openly gay actor, decided he would ask to be paired with a man if he was selected for the show.

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Denmark to revise blood donation laws in 2019

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COPENHAGEN |  Sexually active gay men in Denmark will be able to donate blood in 2019, the Copenhagen Post reports, citing the country’s health minister.

The new rules mean gay men will be able to donate blood if they haven’t had sex with a man within a quarantine period of four months. The quarantine period is voided if the donor is in a relationship with one partner.

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Danish activists to boycott U.S. ambassador’s Pride month reception

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Activists in Denmark are planning to boycott the U.S. Embassy’s annual Pride month celebration over President Trump’s LGBTI rights record.

U.S. Ambassador to Denmark Carla Sands is scheduled to host the reception at her official residence in Copenhagen on Aug. 15. Media reports indicate the organization behind Copenhagen Pride Week and LGBT Danmark have announced they will not attend.

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Russia registers its 1st same-sex marriage — by mistake

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MOSCOW (AP) — Two men have been able to register their marriage in Russia, a first for the country that the Interior Ministry attributes to a bureaucratic error.

Russia doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage and has a law banning the dissemination of gay “propaganda” to minors, so Pavel Stotzko and Yevgeny Voitsekhovsky’s claim that their marriage was officially registered has caused an uproar.

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Join us for an open dialogue among community members aiming to foster a better understanding within our community. Volunteers with different backgrounds will act as books that you as a reader can check out. Launched in Denmark, the Human Library™ was designed to challenge stereotypes through positive dialogue. For more information about the Human Library™, visit humanlibrary.org. Ages 18 and up.

Danes charge imam for comparing gays to pedophiles

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – Danish prosecutors have charged a 49-year-old imam for making public remarks against homosexuals, whom he compared to pedophiles.

Prosecutor Jan Reckendorff says the unidentified imam violated Denmark’s penal code in interviews in June 2016 following the attack at Orlando’s Pulse gay nightclub, where 49 people were shot dead. Many Muslims consider homosexuality to be sinful.

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Tolerance speech has King of Norway trending

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – Norway’s royal palace says a recent speech by King Harald in support of gay rights and diversity has attracted widespread international attention.

Spokeswoman Marianne Hagen said Sept. 6 that the palace has received many requests from people asking for an official English translation of the king’s speech on Sept. 1.

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Stockholm Pride attendees include prime minister

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Copenhagen, Denmark (AP) – Tens of thousands of people, including Sweden’s prime minister, have participated in Stockholm’s annual gay pride parade, walking along streets sprinkled with balloons and rainbow flags.

Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said July 30’s 4.3-kilometer (2.6-mile) route was “two hours of happiness and love,” in a reference to the duration of the parade.

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Denmark to no longer consider transgender identity as mental disorder

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Copenhagen, Denmark (AP) – Denmark is preparing to change the law so that being transgender will no longer be considered a mental disorder.

Flemming Moeller Mortensen, deputy chairman of Parliament’s Health Committee, says all nine parties in the assembly have agreed to change the law by Jan. 1 next year.

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Gay US ambassador to Denmark marries partner

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Denmark has married his partner in the Scandinavian country that became the first nation to allow gay couples to formalize their unions in 1989.

Rufus Gifford, the U.S. envoy since September 2013, is a strong gay rights advocate and often appears with Stephen DeVincent, a 56-year-old veterinarian, at his side. The two were married Oct. 10 at the Copenhagen City Hall. Gifford, a 41-year-old Boston native, wrote on Twitter: “26 yrs ago the site of 1st legal gay unions in the world. Humbled and emotional.”

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