Our first contributor for the Queer International, an attempt to get a glimpse into gay culture around the world, is Bjorn and we’ll be taking a look at his country, Norway. Here is what he had to say about gay culture in his homeland:
Q. How do you say “I’m gay and proud” in your language?
“A. Jeg er stolt homse!”
Q. Tell us about a Norwegian LGBT film
A. Fjellet (“The Mountain”) is a movie that hits the movies this Friday. It is about a lesbian couple who travels to the mountains (as Norwegians tend to do), and during their trip, we start to find out about something in their past. Here is the official trailer (with English subtitles!)
Q. Tell us about a gay icon from Norway:
A. Our main gay icon is Kim Friele, a woman who was almost the only open gay person in Norway in the 1950s and 1960s. She is still very much active in the political debate.
Q. Is gay marriage legal in Norway?
A. Sure, I am married. It became legal from January 1st, 2009. Before that, we had domestic partnerships.
Q. Sum up gay culture in your country in 10 words or less:
A Oslo: Lots of activities. Almost everywhere else: nothing.
Bjorn’ blog is written in English and looks at Queer Culture in Norway as well his other musings.