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Denmark Deeply Divided Over Proposals for Hans Christian Andersen “Gay Pride Week”

Proposals for a “special” Gay Pride Week in Denmark to honour Hans Christian Andersen, author of The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Ugly Duckling and Thumbelina among many others are causing deep divisions within Denmark

Trine Bramsen, the Social Democrat MP for Funen, the poet’s birthplace promtes the idea 100 percent saying that it would be a boost to the local economy. 

“There is so much palaver about Hans Christian Andersen’s sexuality, and I think we should use it,” she said. “It should be a week where gays from all over the world can come to the island of Funen.”

She said participants in the festival would be able to marry in Funen’s many historic churches, after new laws come in guaranteeing gays the right to religious church weddings.

But some on the island of Funen disagree. 

Finn Wagner, a pensioner described the proposal as ‘distasteful’. 

“This great Dane has been enjoyed by millions of children and adults worldwide,” he wrote. “Denmark has not deserved this. Funen has not deserved this.”

Vivi Jelstrup, of the Danish Gay and Lesbian association, said that while she supported the idea of a gay week, she wasn’t certain that the great writer had actually been gay. “To my knowledge, Andersen was not homosexual, but bisexual. It appears from his diaries that he alternately fell in love with men and women,”

Bisexual? Really?  Just how “gay” is this then.


Will Kohler

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