UN: Denmark should do more for its LGBT community

South Africa, Columbia and Bulgaria said Denmark needs to provide better protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender expression

The 2015 Gay Pride Parade in Copenhagen (photo: iStock) The 2015 Gay Pride Parade in Copenhagen (photo: iStock)
January 21st, 2016 6:12 pm| by Lucie Rychla
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The foreign minister, Kristian Jensen, was present at a United Nations meeting in Geneva, Switzerland where many countries discussed Denmark’s efforts to protect human rights. And it was not flattering.

Overall it was suggested by many in attendance that Denmark needs to improve the rights and protection of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community (LGBT).

Criticism from all over the world
The Netherlands proposed that Denmark should allow children and young transpeople to legally change their gender, which is now only possible for people aged over 18.


Uruguay suggested the Danish LGBT community should have better access to healthcare treatments, including gender reassignment surgeries.

South Africa, Columbia and Bulgaria called for better protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

Valid criticism
“It is important Denmark listens to these criticisms because they are valid,” said Søren Laursen, the spokesperson for LGBT Denmark.

“In Denmark, we think often we are world leaders in this field, but in many areas other countries are ahead of us.”