Rainbow family numbers in Denmark in huge increase

Rainbow family numbers in Denmark in huge increase
Copenhagen during Pride week in 2017. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix
In 2013, 84 families in Denmark had same-sex parents. By 2018, that number had increased to 659.

As this week sees Copenhagen Pride celebrate diversity and equality for LGBT+ people, the number of rainbow families – families with same-sex or LGBT+ parents – is reported to have increased by a factor of just under eight within the last five years, broadcaster DR reports.

The largest increase, in the Capital City (Hovedstaden) administrative region, saw such families increase from 42 in 2013 to 293 on January 1st this year, according to the report.

The total number of families with same-sex parents in Denmark is 659 according to the most recent figures.

Louise Daubenmerkl, a parent in one such family, told the broadcaster she did not see her family as unusual.

“We see ourselves as an ordinary family with the same daily tasks as other families. We work, go to school and have playdates,” Daubenmerkl said, adding that “most people accept us with openness and curiosity”.

Many same-sex couples still experience discrimination, Peder Holk Svendsen, chairperson of LGBT Danmark, said to DR.

“Things are progressing. But there are still many small things you don’t notice if you’re not in a rainbow family yourself,” Svendsen said.

“That could be something like picking up kids from school or attending parents’ evenings where there may be problems or uncertainties amongst staff regarding families. Sometimes the fact that it is ‘Dad and Dad’ and not ‘Mum and Dad’ is not taken into account,” he said.

Daubenmerkl said to DR that she believed continued focus on the subject would see it further given equal footing in society.

“The more focus there is, the more normal it will be. Then you won’t be met with maybe prejudice, but with interest. We are treated very positively most places we go, so that’s great,” she said.

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