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LGBT history in Denmark

This article concerns LGBT history in the Nordic country of Denmark.


  • 1668 - Nicholas Culpeper and Abdiah Cole publish Thomas Bartholin's Anatomia. Bartholin briefly mentions lesbianism in this book. He uses the phrases, confricatrices rubster and contemptus vivorum, to describe female homosexuality. Bartholin cites historical examples of lesbianism, such as Sappho, Philaenis, and the Book of Romans.[1]
  • 1683 – The Kingdom of Denmark criminalizes "relations against nature", making it punishable by death.[2]
  • Homosexuality in Denmark was decriminalised in 1933.[3]
  • 1948 – "Forbundet af 1948" ("League of 1948"), a homosexual group, is formed
  • 1976: Denmark equalizes the age of consent.
  • 1985: F-48 became the Danish National Association of Gays and Lesbians (Landsforeningen for Bøsser og Lesbiske, Forbundet af 1948 or LBL).
  • 1989: Denmark is the first country in the world to enact registered partnership laws (like a civil union) for same-sex couples, with most of the same rights as marriage (excluding the right to adoption (until June 2010) and the right to marriage in a church); activists Axel and Eigil Axgil and 10 other Danish couples are unofficially married by Tom Ahlberg, the deputy mayor of Copenhagen, in the city hall, accompanied by worldwide media attention.
  • 2010: Same-sex couple adoption legislation is passed.
  • 2012: Same-sex marriage is passed into law.
  • 2014: Denmark becomes the first European country to remove the Gender Identity Disorder diagnosis as a necessary requirement in the gender recognition process.[4]
  • 2016: Greenland passes same-sex marriage.
  • 2017: Denmark becomes the first country in the world to officially remove transgender identities from its list of mental health disorders.[5] Same-sex marriage is passed in the Faroe Islands.

See also


  1. ^ Bartholin, Thomas (1668). Bartholinus Anatomy made from the Precepts of his Father, and from the Observation of All Modern Anatomists, Together with his Own... London: Culpeper and Cole.
  2. ^ "DENMARK, PIONEER IN RIGHTS FOR THE LGBT". Denmark Today. Archived from the original on 9 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Where is it illegal to be gay?". BBC News. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Denmark becomes Europe's leading country on legal gender recognition | The European Parliament Intergroup on LGBTI Rights". 12 June 2014. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  5. ^ Lavers, Michael K. "Denmark no longer considers transgender people mentally ill". Retrieved 5 January 2017.

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