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Denmark: Gay Ambassador and his Partner Meet Queen

Spanish Gays Attract Capitalists

Australian Government to Aid Rural Gays

By Rex Wockner
International News Report

Denmark: Gay Ambassador and his Partner Meet Queen

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Queen Margrethe
Australia's new ambassador to Denmark, Stephen Brady, 39, presented his lover, Peter Stevens, to Danish Queen Margrethe Feb. 15, the Danish foreign ministry reported February 25.

"It is a first in the history of Danish diplomacy, but it was neither problematic nor a sensational event for us," said Soeren Haslund, the ministry's chief of protocol.

"Homosexual couples in Denmark are invited to official ceremonies as are heterosexual couples, even by the royal palace."

Denmark was the first country in the world to legalize gay civil marriages, in 1989. Registered same-sex partners have all the rights of matrimony except access to church weddings, adoption and artificial-insemination technology.

Brady, who is based in Stockholm, is also ambassador to Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden.
Spanish Gays Attract Capitalists

Spanish gays have become a market niche.

Nine hundred twenty-seven businesses have been created in Spain in the past two years by and for the gay/lesbian community, according to a study by Rainbow Consultants.

Additional polling shows that most of Spain's estimated two million adult homosexuals have higher-than-average incomes and no children to support. In some age groups, gay incomes are 40 percent higher than those of the general population.

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Rainbow Consultants tabulated data from 900 people -- 90 percent male -- who filled out questionnaires inserted in gay magazines. Typical of the findings: 57 percent of gays have a computer and 22 percent are online, compared with 26 percent and 7 percent of the population as a whole.

Spain's respected El Pais newspaper commented: "Because gays are considered to be on the cutting edge of culture, the rest of the population rapidly picks up on trends that start in the gay community. ... Once only gay guys were bleaching their hair and now lots of young men are going blond. Another example, the chochi style of music, which began about three years ago in gay bars, is now heard throughout the country in discotheques."
Australian Government to Aid Rural Gays

austflag.gif - 22.10 K Australia's Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission is teaming up with the Australian Youth Foundation to create a network for rural gay/lesbian youth.

"What we want to do is break down the isolation that young gay men and lesbians face in the country [and] put them in contact with each other [to] make them feel like they are being supported," said Human Rights Commissioner Chris Sidoti.

"They have terrible problems with isolation, with self-esteem, with bullying and harassment in their schools and their towns -- and to give them the support of other people who are in the same situation is the first step," he said. "The second step is to put that network in close contact with community service organizations."

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