Making gays “us”, not “the others”

 

Copenhagen has presented new LGBTI+ policy in the beginning of 2019, which contains 50 ideas how to make the city more gay-friendly. The concept of the policy is to make LGBTI+ people “us”, not “the others”. Gay guide was created to help people feel more comfortable in Copenhagen.

By Kseniia Mishina

Gay guide contains many public gay-friendly places: bars, clubs, clothes shops and sex shops. But doesn`t it separate gay people from straight? For many years LGBTI+ communities were fighting for their rights and equal access to what straight people have and do. Now it is a strong tendency to create special “gay places”. Gay bars and clubs are a common thing, but was is the reason of creating special restaurants, sex and clothes shops?

Rune Holm, who is sale assistant in gay-friendly sex shop, explains, why is it necessary to have such places: “The reason for making an LGBT-Friendly shop is to create a safespace, for likeminded people, where you don’t have to worry about being judged for who you are. All are welcome at our shop. Gays, straights and everything in between – same goes for the LGBT bars and cafes. Again it’s only meant as a safespace, where you can be intimate with you partner or date without being worried about what others think”.

Target audience: this story is written for Russian audience (who is quite homophobic) and could be published on https://meduza.io/ in section “Analyses” (this media has special “cards” to explain issues which are not very well known in Russia or other controversial topics)