Living in fear is no longer an option for the LGBTI+ community in Denmark

Denmark is one of the happiest countries in the world, given its freedom, generosity, honesty, health, income and good governance according to the worlds happiest report from 2017.

The citizens of Denmark feel protected by its government because they live in a progressive country that takes life quality for its citizens seriously.

Denmark is one of the most LGBTQ-Friendly Study Abroad Destinations in the World, according to a study made by study in Denmark.
One of the main reasons behind this could be because Denmark was the first country to establish the National Association for Gays and Lesbians in 1948. Not to mention that in Denmark was the first country in the world to grant legal recognition to same-sex unions, in the form of registered partnerships, in 1989.

In 2015 there was a survey that exposed how Danish gays and lesbians considered suicide more often than homosexuals. The National Institute of Public Health’s study also revealed that gay men describe their sex life as ‘bad’ or ‘very bad’ more often than heterosexual men.

if we compare the number of hate crimes among sexual orientation in Denmark, the numbers have increased against homosexuals from 2015 having 26 cases of violent crimes to 2017 which has 68 cases.

Every fifth new- Dane LGBT person has faced threats of violence from their families and a third have considered suicide according to an article by the Copenhagen Post.
With this said, in 2017 the minister, Karen Ellemann, declared that these numbers were too high and there had to be actions taken.

The LGBTQ+ community has received a lot of support from its government, “We need to step in as early as possible in the education system if we want to overcome the discrimination of young and adult LGBT persons,” said Ellemann.

With this, the Danish government expects better outcomes regarding hate crimes and violence against the LGBTQ+ community.

Nevertheless, there is still a lot that can be done for the LGBTQ+ community. In most countries, being lesbian gay bisexual or transgender can be something to hide given that there is a lot of hate crimes against them.

In the U.S. law enforcement agencies reported 1,303 hate crime offenses based on sexual-orientation bias in 2017, most of these offenses were classified as anti-gay (male) bias, an anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (mixed group) bias.

In Denmark, one out of approximately 71,000 people will experience a hate crime, according to data from Politi Denmark. In the United States, one out of 250,000 people will experience a hate crime.