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WHY
Surrounded by stunning volcanic
landscapes lies a top destination for
a gay city break. Julie Bindel explains
why you should visit Reykjavik.
DYKES GO
TO ICELAND
Reykjavik
Famous for its volcanoes, hot springs, and support for lesbians and gay men. Its with very happy people who love to dance.
pickled whale meat and pixie-faced singer main building boasts a library and a It is ‘Barbara Cartland’ pink on the inside, and
Björk, Iceland can now boast the worlds’s community centre and is a friendly place for very clean and friendly. Kristjánsdsóttir says:
fi rst lesbian Prime Minister. Being gay in the tourists to drop in and pick up a few leafl ets “In my 15 years of gay bar hopping I have
land of ice has never been cooler. about events and facilities for gay visitors. never felt more at home. Most places are
Young gays (between the ages of 14 and 20) mainly directed at men but Barbara
Nightlife in Reykjavík is vibrant, and the city is can visit a social evening every Sunday and Sunshine is trying to put the focus on the
teaming with trendy bars and restaurants, for lesbians, the women-only events are women. YAY! Q-Bar is popular too.”
many of which are lesbian and gay friendly. listed at www.kmk.is American expat Shauna Laurel Jones lives
On weekends, the bars fi ll up to capacity Halla Kristín Einarsdóttir is a 34-year-old in Reykjavik and enjoys the lesbian-friendly
after 10pm and stay so until the early hours. fi lmmaker living in Reykjavik. I asked her if atmosphere In Reykjavik. “I can’t really say I
Icelanders are friendly to tourists and having the world’s fi rst lesbian head of state, think Jóhanna’s position in the government
don’t mind being asked for directions, and Johanna Sigurdardottir, has made much has made Iceland ‘more gay friendly’, since
lesbian and gay Icelanders seem to positively difference for the gay citizens of Iceland. Halla it is already a country with very few
welcome foreign visitors to the scene. says: “I don’t think Johanna being PM changes homophobes!” she says. Why don’t you test
Iceland’s national lesbian and gay much in regard to the gay community really. her theory? But hold off trying that
organisation celebrated its 30th birthday last But we are very proud of her.” whale blubber!
year. Samtökin ’78 is similar to Stonewall in Einarsdóttir is delighted, however, at the
the UK in that it campaigns for equal rights “new hip queer bar” called Barbara
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Sunshine (Laugarvegur 22). The bar
promises to liven up the lesbian scene and
useful info
Einarsdóttir assures me that the feeling
amongst the gay community for the
summer is “bubbly.”
Q-Bar Student Eva Rún Snorradóttir loves the
Ingólfsstræti 3, Reykjavík. gay scene in the capital. “The atmosphere in
www.qbar.is Reykjavík is very gay friendly,” she says.
Barbara Sunshine
“Shortly after Jóhanna became the PM, the

Laugarvegur 22, Reykjavík
Q-Bar had a costume evening, and all the
lesbians dressed as the PM!” Visit during
Reykjavik
Gay Pride Reykjavik Gay Pride and you are in for a treat.
Gay Pride!
www.gaypride.is Held during the second weekend in August,
Gay Students
it has become one of the biggest and best
gay carnivals in Europe.
www.hinsegin.wordpress.com
Shop worker Tinna Kristjánsdsóttir, 32,
Iceland Lesbian
loves to dance and recommends the
and Gay Association
Barbara Sunshine bar. It certainly sounds the
www.samtokin78.is
business – I am told it is generally packed
Q-Bar
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