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Copenhagen Pride reaches festive climax

When the Pride parade winds its festive path through the city's streets, it will turn Copenhagen into one giant party of diversity and acceptance. Here's what to do at the parade and beyond.

Copenhagen Pride reaches festive climax
A scene from the 2010 Pride parade. This year's parade is on Saturday afternoon. Photo: Christian Liliendahl/Copenhagen Pride
As the first country to legalise same-sex unions in 1989, Denmark is no stranger to the celebration of LGBT rights. Although its history goes back further than most, Denmark is still actively promoting gay rights, as evidenced by the christening of Rainbow Square in the hard of the city. Although Denmark didn’t legalise same-sex church marriages until July 2012 – becoming the eighth country in Europe and the eleventh worldwide to do so – the nation is still widely seen as a forerunner in liberal acceptance. 
 
Copenhagen Pride aims to promote and expose the LGBT community in order to encourage greater respect and tolerance for sexual diversity in society. In a world still very much split on the issue of LGBT rights (just see the controversial laws generating from countries like Russia, Uganda and Nigeria),  this year's theme is 'Coming Out for Global Rights’. The 100 percent volunteer-run Copenhagen Pride events began on Wednesday, but there is still plenty going on over the weekend. Here are some highlights:
 
Saturday, August 30th
 
Copenhagen Pride Parade; 1pm; Frederiksberg Town Hall, FREE 
 
The crown jewel of the week’s event, The Copenhagen Pride Parade starts at 1pm at the Frederiksberg Town Hall and will wind its way slowly to Copenhagen Town Hall (Rådhuspladsen). Expect a flurry of carnivalesque colour, music and dance.
 
Copenhagen Pride after party; 22:00 – 05:00; Pumpehuset, 100 kroner 
 
One of many after parties on tap, Pumpehuset's Pride party has the bragging rights of being the official pick of the bunch. Rosa Lux,  Conchita 4711 and Alfie Levi are some of the DJs and live acts who'll be flying the flag for this event. 
 
Sunday, August 31st
 
Queer Art; 2pm, The National Museum of Art, FREE 
 
Art lovers, novices, gays, heterosexuals – everyone is welcome for a free tour of the art museum, one of the Copenhagen’s true cultural beacons. 
 
Copenhagen Pride Prayer Ceremony; 4pm; Trinitatis Church, FREE 
 
Copenhagen's Trinitatis Church (under the famous Round Tower) in the heart of the city has gained quite a bit of fame over recent years for its liberal attitudes towards its prayer sessions. Inviting musicians unaffiliated with any particular religious beliefs and with an openly lesbian priest who is loved and adored by many, the church has been put on the map globally as a forward-thinking institution in what often seems like a wasteland of religious conservatism. Rather fittingly, it has been chosen for the final venue of this year's Pride festivities. A short ceremony featuring music from Halasan Bazar will be followed by a serving of champagne. 

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EQUALITY

Lego celebrates diversity with rainbow-coloured figurines

Danish toy brick maker Lego unveiled a new set of rainbow-coloured figurines on Thursday to celebrate the diversity of its fans and the LGBTQI+ community.

Lego celebrates diversity with rainbow-coloured figurines
Lego's new 'Everyone is Awesome' set. Photo: Handout/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

The “Everyone is Awesome” set features 11 monochrome mini figures, each with its own individual hairstyle and rainbow colour.

“I wanted to create a model that symbolises inclusivity and celebrates everyone, no matter how they identify or who they love,” set designer Matthew Ashton said in a statement.

He said the fact that he belongs to the LGBTQI+ community had encouraged him to create the new Lego bricks.

“I knew I needed to step up to the plate and make a real statement about love and inclusivity, and generally spread some Lego love to everybody who needs it,” Ashton said.

“Kids are so much more accepting of each other and everybody else’s differences and I think that’s one of the things we can all learn from kids, is just go out there, have fun, be open to everybody and the world would be a much more happier, inclusive and living place,” he added.

The new 346-piece set will go on sale June 1st to coincide with Pride Month, which is dedicated to celebrating the LGBTQI+ communities around the world. 

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