Denmark’s LGBTQ Action Plan Needs More Force

According to LGBTQ community members Denmark’s action plan lacks financial backing and initiative.

By Mads Sejer Nielsen & Jacqueline Pinedo

Photo Credit: Kristy Lee

The Danish government is implementing 25 million DKK (3.3 million EUR) to fund a newly established action plan that is set to improve the social conditions for members of the LGBTQ community.

According to Peder Holk Svendsen, spokesman for LGBT-Denmark, it’s going to take a lot more than 25 million DKK to implement change.

“We’re happy there even is an action plan, but if the government really wants to change anything for the community, it has to put more money in the project, and it hasn’t done so yet,” said Peder Holk Svendsen.

Denmark’s LGBTQ History

Denmark has long been considered to be one of the frontrunners for LGBTQ-rights. It was the first country in the world to allow gay marriage in 1933.

Since then, several changes have been made to better the rights of the LGBT-community but there is still more to be done.

Funding

The majority of the 25 million will go to 15 different commitments such as studies of stigma, better inclusion in public schools and LGBTQ representation in the labour market.  In addition, there is a pool of seven million that will be allocated to a variety of organizations operating in the LGBT-community.

Sex & Samfund is given two million, the initiative Trans-Aktion is also allocated two million and

lastly LGBT-Denmark will receive around three million for two of their initiatives.

Specifically Sabaah, which is an ethnic-specific LGBT-organization, is allocated just under three million to further their involvement within the minor ethnic groups in Denmark. 

Additionally, Denmark’s action plan stated that it will be allocate funding to combat trans issues and homophobia within the sports and athletic communities.

“It’s an important step in the right direction that the government even made an action plan. It shows that they’re willing to focus on the issues we’re facing,” said Peder Holk Svendsen.

 

Action Plan Details

One of the areas the action plan is improving on is the internal processing between the ministries and according to Svendsen it’s one of the best parts of the action plan.

“It saves us the time we used communicating between the ministries, so this is going to make our work a lot smoother,” said Svendsen.

For Martin Xavier, Communications Officer for World Pride Denmark, the LGBTQ plan is a step in the right direction for Denmark but it’s not the step that needs to taken.

One of the action plans point to the possibility of implementing a legal gender change for youth and minors but fails to give an exact timeline of when this issue would be legalized.

“In some ways they are kind of upholding a little back instead of saying let’s do this now,” said Xavier. “There is research on this topic to guide politicians in the direction we should go but instead they say they will continue to look into it.”

“It is worth praising the government and it should be noted that it is a step in the right direction, but it is only a step, there is still much that needs to be done,” said Xavier.

Photo Credit: Mercedes Mehling

World Pride

Denmark is set to host World Pride in 2021 where the festival hopes to highlight Denmark’s LGBTQ action plan and showcase it on a global scale.

According to Xavier, the festival will be a way to push the agenda of equality on an international level.

“The goal is to move forward in a more free and equal society,” said Xavier.

Denmark’s minister is set to address the LGBTQ action plan at World Pride. Both festival organizers and LGBTQ community members hope this will attract international policy makers and decision makers to move forward with a similar action plan in their respective countries.