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Did you know Iceland is known for being one of the most LGBTQIA friendly countries in the world? The Nordic nation has worked to support these rights for decades, legalizing same sex marriage in 2010, supporting a number of organizations dedicated to gay rights, including the National Queer Organization, which was founded in 1978, and honoring these rights during the annual Pride festival, where LGBTQIA is widely celebrated. Because of this, the Icelandic queer culture thrives and has turned Iceland into a popular tourist destination for the LGBTQIA community.

The fight for equality began in the mid-1900s with figures like Hörður Torfason working to champion the rights of the gay and queer community and change the attitudes of those that were oppressing them. In 1978, the National Queer Organization was formed, called Samtökin ‘78, and it propelled the liberation movement into motion.  

Since the 1990s, legislation has been passed to make Iceland one of the most gay-friendly places in the world: in 1996, it became one of the first European countries to recognize same-sex partnerships; in 2006, it was the first to grant completely equal adoption and IVF rights for same-sex couples; in 2012, Iceland passed legislation that formalized the name and identity changing processes of trans and genderqueer peoples.

Throughout Reykjavik and beyond, locals and visitors will find many activities, bars, restaurants, organizations and more dedicated to the LGBTQIA community. Pink Iceland is Iceland’s first and foremost gay owned and operated travel organization; it offers day tours, weddings, international and domestic events and festivals, as well as organizing tailor-made luxury travel.

This year we’re celebrating LGBTQIA rights in Iceland with our #INRespects LGBTQIA rights campaign! The goal is to raise awareness of the important milestones and iniatives Iceland has championed for the gay community, and celebrate LGBTQIA peoples of all nationalities, race and ethnicities. One lucky participant will even win a trip to Iceland’s 2021 Reykjavik Pride festival! Flip through facts on LGBTQIA rights in Iceland below and be sure to share them on Facebook with your friends to encourage them to learn more! Then, enter for a chance to be our lucky winner in the form below!

The grand prize winner will receive:

  • Round-trip tickets for two (on Icelandair) to Reykjavik in the summer of 2021 in order to attend next year’s Reykjavik Pride festival
  • Five cases of Icelandic Glacial water: 2 500ml, 1 1000ml, 1 Blood Orange Sparkling and 1 Lemongrass Sparkling
  • Reykjavik City Card
  • Premium entrance to Blue Lagoon for two
  • Coupon for a year's worth of Icelandic Provisions Skyr
  • Three Icelandic Smoothie Boosters: Stamina, Daily Wellness Orange and Wellness
  • Gift card to an Icelandic Lamb "Award of Excellence" restaurant

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