Copenhagen Pride funding restored after media campaign

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Officials in the Danish capital Copenhagen have reversed a decision to withhold funding from the city’s gay Pride event.

Leading Danish LGBT media outlet has described the reaction to the decision, which cited new procedures, as a “media craze that attacked the city’s right-wing ‘mayor of culture’ Mrs Allerslev.”

She has now said that “a mistake had been made in rejecting funds for Copenhagen Pride.”

Two gay MPs, Social Democrat Mogens Jensen and the Centre party’s Emil Ammitzbøll, have shown their support by joining the board of Pride.

That move has “sent a signal to every corner of Denmark, both gay and straight, that Copenhagen Pride is more than party and drags, it’s also full of gay-political statements,” reports

Copenhagen Pride is a week-long festival attended by tens of thousands of people.

Last year it featured an LGBT marketplace, an open air film screening, panel debates and cultural events.

The grand finale is a parade through the Copenhagen and a massive concert at the city’s main square.