Iceland has fallen behind its neighbouring countries when it comes to queer rights, according to ILGA-Europe.
Reykjavík Pride opened yesterday on the steps of Menntaskólinn í Reykjavík high school, which had been painted in rainbow colors.
President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, who was inaugurated yesterday, will address the Reykjavík Pride Parade on Saturday.
Up to 40,000 people gathered in downtown Reykjavík on Saturday for the annual Reykjavík Pride parade despite gray skies and cooler weather. As in previous years, participants made their way from BSÍ bus terminal down to Arnarhóll where a concert took place.
Reykjavík Pride was officially launched on Tuesday and involves a six-day schedule of events, the highlight of which is today’s parade through central Reykjavík.
Icelandic pop singer Páll Óskar Hjálmtýsson will ‘sail’ on a Viking ship “for the Icelandic settlement queens” in this year’s Reykjavík Pride parade, which will take place on August 8. Páll Óskar also stated that there will be no “tits and asses” in this year’s parade.