Copenhagen: The Gayest Place in 2014
By Neal Broverman
Europe is gearing up for May's Eurovision Song Contest 2014, a continent-wide singing and song competition, and this year's event in Copenhagen will have special LGBT resonance.
Copenhagen, and all of Denmark, is celebrating the 25th anniversary of civil unions — also called registered partnerships — in the nation. Denmark was the first nation in the world to grant rights to same-sex couples.
In honor of this historic anniversary, and in conjunction with the music contest, a Eurovision Pride Square will be erected in the city center and feature entertainment, tents, food and drinks. The Eurovision Pride Square will complement Rainbow Square, which is near Town Hall Square and serves as another monument to LGBTs.
Denmark has more up its sleeves for this historic year: the city is hosting three separate ceremonies, on May 7, 9, and 10, where opposite- and same-sex couples can wed against iconic Copenhagen backdrops. One ceremony will involve couples marrying on the edge of the Copenhagen Harbor, with an orchestra and choir playing. Another mass wedding will happen near the Danish parliament, where the first same-sex civil partnerships were recognized. The final event will be on a zero-emission wedding boat where couples can pledge their love while floating past The Little Mermaid statue and the Copenhagen Opera House.
Danish officials also launched a contest where one lucky couple can win a trip to Copenhagen to get married and take part in all the Eurovision festivities. Click here to enter. Stay tuned for more on Denmark's big anniversary and Eurovision in Copenhagen — watch a video from a memorable Eurovision performance below.