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Copenhagen names central square in the name of LGBT

07.02.2014
24 hours before the opening of the Olympic Games in Russia the Copenhagen City Council decided to name a central square next to the city hall the Rainbow Square in the name of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender’s flag. It’s to celebrate equality and to mark to the international world that all sexual minorities should have equal rights.

“In countries all over the world sexual minorities meet eminent discrimination. In Russia that opens the Olympic Games today the discrimination is obvious. I hope visitors and spectators will show their aversion against the Russian laws on sexual minorities during the Games. Or look at Uganda where homosexuals face life in prison. It’s absolutely unacceptable. We want to mark to the international word that all sexual minorities should have equal rights,” says the Mayor of the Technical and Environmental Administration Morten Kabell (Unity List).

Denmark is known as a very liberal country. Denmark was the first country in the world to allow homosexuals to enter into a registered partnership. The first registered partnerships in the world were entered at the Copenhagen City Hall in 1989. Today homosexuals also have the right to be married in church and adopt children.

“We want to contribute to the fight for liberty and equal rights for sexual minorities. I’m pleased that a vast majority of the Copenhagen City Council back the name “Rainbow Square”. The square is located just next to the City Hall and will be seen by thousands of Danes and tourists every year”, says Morten Kabell.

The Rainbow flag is the global flag for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in the world. It was used for the first time by homosexuals during the International Pride in San Francisco in 1978. The flag quickly gained ground and has spread to LGBT communities all over the world. In 2013 the Copenhagen City Council decided that all busses should flag with the rainbow flag during the Copenhagen Pride.

Facts:

The Rainbow flag were used the first time by homosexuals in relation to the International Pride in San Francisco in 1978. The flag quickly gained ground in relation to the murder of Harvey Milk, the first open homosexual elected to the San Francisco City Council. Afterwards the flag has spread to LGBT communities all over the world. In 2013 the Copenhagen City Council decided that all busses should flag with the rainbow flag during the Copenhagen Pride.