Copenhagen is one of those unique places which caused me to contemplate my narrative closely. A place that can’t be described using flattering prose alone. Copenhagen is a city that really caught me by surprise. For years, I’ve heard about the open and progressive attitude they have toward the LGBT community. I heard the same about Barcelona, Amsterdam, and Berlin. Granted, those are all wonderful cities. But they pale in comparison regarding how open and tolerant citizens are to the LGBT community. And Pride is a perfect example.

I attended Copenhagen Pride and earlier in the summer Barcelona Pride with the #MyGayPride campaign. I also visited Amsterdam and Berlin recently. What I saw in Copenhagen was nothing short of inspiring. That city opened up and embraced the LGBT community in a way I’ve never seen and showed me how a community can treat LGBT peoples. Tolerance IS possible. It is possible to be respectful even if you don’t agree with someones lifestyle choices. And honestly, Pride isn’t only for the LGBT community. Copenhagen residents used it as an opportunity to embrace their fellow residents and enjoy the last days of summer.

Copenhagen Pride was a photographers dream. Not only was it vibrant and colorful, but drew people from all over the city. Including U.S. Ambassador Rufus Gifford and Husband Dr. Stephen DeVincent. Everyone was kind and open to the camera. To the point where I took the most shots of any event in a single day. EVER. It was a nightmare to edit them down, but here we are. Be warned…….I shot a lot. Enjoy and be sure to share. The more love I get with these photo essays the more I’ll shoot the,

 

Young lesbians at Copenhagen Pride

Young lesbians at Copenhagen Pride

Abs at Copenhagen Pride

Abs at Copenhagen Pride

White Wig Drag Queen at Copenhagen Pride

White Wig Drag Queen at Copenhagen Pride

Wheres Waldo at Copenhagen Pride

Wheres Waldo at Copenhagen Pride

U.S. Ambassador Rufus Gifford and Husband Dr. Stephen DeVincent at Copenhagen Pride marching with the U.S. Embassy

U.S. Ambassador Rufus Gifford and Husband Dr. Stephen DeVincent at Copenhagen Pride marching with the U.S. Embassy

Tribal Couple at Copenhagen Pride

Tribal Couple at Copenhagen Pride

Transgender Rights at Copenhagen Pride

Transgender Rights at Copenhagen Pride

Thai Model at Copenhagen Pride

Thai Model at Copenhagen Pride

Thai Drag Queen at Copenhagen Pride Denmark

Thai Drag Queen at Copenhagen Pride Denmark

Thai Angels at Copenhagen Pride

Thai Angels at Copenhagen Pride

Senior riding in Copnhagen Pride

Senior riding in Copenhagen Pride

Senior Copenhagen Pride Drag

Senior Copenhagen Pride Drag

Scooter at Copenhagen Pride

Scooter at Copenhagen Pride

SAS Flight attendants at Copenhagen Pride

SAS Flight attendants at Copenhagen Pride

S&M at Copenhagen Pride

S&M at Copenhagen Pride

Russia Copenhagen Pride Bubbles

Russia Copenhagen Pride Bubbles

Riding friends at Copenhagen Pride

Riding friends at Copenhagen Pride

Red Drag Queen at Copenhagen Pride

Red Drag Queen at Copenhagen Pride

Raggedy Ann and Andy Copenhagen Pride

Raggedy Ann and Andy Copenhagen Pride

Racket Lesbians at Copenhagen Pride

Racket Lesbians at Copenhagen Pride

Push cart and Beauty at Copenhagen Pride

Push cart and Beauty at Copenhagen Pride

Older Lesbians at Copenhagen Pride

Older Lesbians at Copenhagen Pride

North Korea Copenhagen Pride

North Korea Copenhagen Pride

Muscle and Tattoos at Copenhagen Pride

Muscle and Tattoos at Copenhagen Pride

Men supporting Gay Pride Copenhagen

Men supporting Gay Pride Copenhagen

Lesbian Couple kiss at Copenhagen Pride

Lesbian Couple kiss at Copenhagen Pride

Lesbian Couple at Copnhagen Pride

Lesbian Couple at Copnhagen Pride

Leather Copenhagen Pride

Leather Copenhagen Pride

Interracial Couple at Copenhagen Pride

Interracial Gay Couple at Copenhagen Pride

Goth Clown at Copenhagen Pride

Goth Clown at Copenhagen Pride

Gold men Copenhagen Pride

Gold men Copenhagen Pride

Girl Unicycle Copenhagen Pride

Girl Unicycle Copenhagen Pride

Hippie Copenhagen Pride Jewish

Hippie Copenhagen Pride Jewish

Gay Rights are Human Rights at Copenhagen Pride

Gay Rights are Human Rights at Copenhagen Pride

Gay Couple and Dog at Copenhagen Pride

Gay Couple and Dog at Copenhagen Pride

Friends at Copenhagen Pride

Friends at Copenhagen Pride

Fit couple at Copenhagen Pride

Fit couple at Copenhagen Pride

Family at Copenhagen Pride Baby

Family at Copenhagen Pride Baby

Drag Queens at Copenhagen Pride Green

Drag Queens at Copenhagen Pride Green

Drag Queen pedals Seniors at Copenhagen Pride

Drag Queen pedals Seniors at Copenhagen Pride

Drag Queen at Copenhagen Pride

Drag Queen at Copenhagen Pride

Disabled Copenhagen Pride

Disabled Copenhagen Pride

Cosplay  at Copenhagen Pride

Cosplay at Copenhagen Pride

Burka at Copenhagen Pride

Burka at Copenhagen Pride

Brides at Copenhagen Pride

Brides at Copenhagen Pride

Bondage at Copenhagen Pride

Bondage at Copenhagen Pride

Biker at Copenhagen Pride

Biker at Copenhagen Pride

Beard and Boobs at Copenhagen Pride

Beard and Boobs at Copenhagen Pride

Be Gay Copenhagen Pride

Be Gay Copenhagen Pride

Asian Drag Queen at Copenhagen Pride

Asian Drag Queen at Copenhagen Pride

Animal Print Copenhagen Pride

Animal Print Copenhagen Pride

Alice in Wonderland Copenhagen Pride

Alice in Wonderland Copenhagen Pride

Alice in Wonderland at Copenhagen Pride Bride

Alice in Wonderland at Copenhagen Pride Bride

 

I attended Barcelona Pride as part of the outstanding #myGayPride campaign withGayStarNews and 100+ other Ambassadors. This trip was partially sponsored by several great companies, but a few I want to highlight. SAS Airlines which provided me with flights to and from Copenhagen and participated in the parade as you can see above. Also, the wonderful Andersen Hotel. Seriously one of my favorite hotels now. Amazing staff and great location. Plus great taste in art. I present to you the amazing Freddie Mercury.

Freddie Mercury Andersen Hotel Copenhagen

Freddie Mercury Andersen Hotel Copenhagen

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