US embassy in Reykjavík celebrates Gay Pride3:35 am - 08/11/2012
US Embassy Reykjavik Iceland
We decorated the embassy this morning and are now ready for tomorrows Gay Pride Festival. Hope to see you all in the parade.
GAY RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS !
On August 10th the US embassy decorated their embassy with the rainbow flag, in support of the Reykjavík Gay Pride. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with one exception (so far):
This weekend the 13th annual Gay Pride festival will take place in Reykjavík, Iceland. Many festivities are planned, the highlight of which is the Gay Pride Parade taking place on Saturday. The parade is one of the most popular events of the year in Reykjavík, with tens of thousands of LGBT people, their friends, families and supporters as well as admiring spectators turning out.
The mayor of Reykjavík Jón Gnarr, a comedian and actor, has shown support for the Gay Pride festivities as well, by appearing in drag in the parade.
Iceland is at the forefront of the global gay rights canpaign. Same-sex partnerships were legalized in 1996, giving them equal legal status with heterosexual marriage. In 2000 step-adoption rights for same-sex couples were legalized, and in 2006 same-sex adoption was legalized, regardless of marital status. In 2008 the parliament passed an amendment to the 1996 law, making it possible for same-sex couples to register their partnership in church or any other religious congregation. In 2010 the present coalition government presented an amendment to the existing marriage law, where no gender definitions are stated. Following the confirmation of this law, the prime minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir married her partner Jónína Leósdóttir.
Most recently the queer movement in Iceland has been focusing on the rights of transsexual people, e.g. the right to change information on gender and name in the National Register. Furthermore, it emphasizes its duty to support queer communities around the world, that do not share legal and social privileges comparable to those of Iceland, by sending letters of protest to mayors, presidents, prime ministers and other authorities repressing queer rights, and doing so in hope to support our brothers and sisters around the world.
The US embassy's Facebook page
LGBT rights in Iceland
I saw the picture from the US embassy on my facebook page and was pleasantly surprised. According to a commenter at the source the Embassy also marched with a banner in last year's parade. Kudos to the ambassador and his staff tbh.
The parade is very popular in Iceland. One year the police estimated that upwards of 100.000 people attended, which is close to a third of the country's population, and half of the capital area population.