Christoffer in Studiestræde in inner Copenhagen

Meet homosexual Christoffer

In the heart of vibrant Copenhagen we meet young Christoffer, who brightens up a grey autumn day with his funky look and contagious smile. Besides being a student and a volunteer, Christoffer defines himself as gay, activist by heart and a big fan of Copenhagen.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013

"I like the fact that there is so much to do in Copenhagen, and there is a great diversity in the people here", says 22-year-old Christoffer, who was born and raised in the Frederiksberg area of the city. He has never doubted that Copenhagen is where he belongs. "I'm a city man! I would miss the cool cultural offers and the diversity if I lived anywhere else in Denmark".

Christoffer likes the fact that Copenhagen is a bike city, where locals as well as visitors are encouraged to get around the city on two wheels. "City planning and getting the most out of the urban space is something we are really good at in Copenhagen. I think that makes Copenhagen a really cool city".

In addition, he is charmed by the atmosphere in Copenhagen, which he describes as very relaxed. "Well, aside from the bike lanes during rush hour," Christoffer laughs.

Open and accepting environment

To a great extent, Christoffer finds that he can be himself in Copenhagen. He is open about his sexuality and has no qualms kissing or holding hands with another guy in public. "Copenhagen is free and relatively open. I think that the Copenhagen youth in particular is very open and accepting", says Christoffer.

However, during the last couple of years Christoffer has experienced being yelled at, and he has also been kicked out of a bar once for kissing another man. "It doesn't mean I don't want to do it again. At all!", says Christoffer with a firm voice. "Besides, these things rarely happen".

Christoffer is also aware of the fact that minorities can have a tendency to read something negative into people's looks. "They might as well look at you because you have a booger in your nose or because you are wearing a really awesome scarf", Christoffer says with a smile.

Sense of community

A few years back, Christoffer did not feel the need to be a part of the gay community in Copenhagen. Today he is very involved in the community and spends a lot of time volunteering at LGBT Youth. "Knowing that we can help people through a time that can be hard for many means a lot to me," he explains.

He has also established a great network through LGBT Youth; people that he can work and party with. "Being gay is a huge part of my identity now, and it's important to me that I have a community where I feel I belong, " says Christoffer. "For many years I really didn't need it, but now I think it's amazing to have a beer at Masken and feel that sense of community".

An LGBT-friendly nightlife

One of Christoffer's favourite places in Copenhagen is Block 66, which is located in the Meatpacking District. He describes the atmosphere as down to earth and very Copenhagen-ish. "Block 66 is an extremely inclusive place. Everyone is welcome, the place is open, and it isn't a hardcore meat marked either, like many of the bars", Christoffer adds.

Besides Block 66, Christoffer enjoys places like Masken and Cosy in Studiestræde. He is also drawn to the laid-back "bodega" atmosphere though and can often be found at one of the bars or bodegas in the Vesterbro area. The atmosphere is relaxed, he explains, and the people there are diverse.

Christoffer's personal perception is that most places in Copenhagen are LGBT-friendly. "99 out of 100 places I feel good and secure, and I don't have to think about whether I'm flirting with someone," says Christoffer and confirms Copenhagen's openness. "There are a few places where I wouldn't go, but I'm aware that it can often be my own prejudices that make me avoid certain places".

Non-profit café for LGBT people

When Christoffer is asked to point out what Copenhagen is missing, the otherwise talkative young guy becomes quiet. After a short pause to think, Christoffer shares his dream about a non-profit café. "It would be wonderful with a place that could facilitate activities during the day and parties during the night," he says.

Christoffer's vision is for the place to work as a meeting point where young people can stop by and talk to other young people, and where they can also seek counselling. "I know there is something similar to this around the country, but it would be nice with something that is a little more established," says the dedicated soul. "Particularly for those under 18 or those who are in the process of coming out of the closet".

Approaching the Copenhageners

Christoffer thinks it is exciting when foreigners visit the country's capital. He is, however, aware that not all Copenhageners come across as open and inviting. "Danes can be a little tricky when it comes to interacting with strangers", Christoffer tries to explain.

It is common for Copenhageners to be a little reserved sometimes, but Christoffer reassures that they are not completely hopeless. His advice to international LGBT visitors is to approach locals early before they get too drunk. "You can always ask people if they know a great party or a cool bar. Then the Copenhageners will most likely open up".

Christoffer also insures that you do not have to be afraid in Copenhagen. "In general, Copenhagen is a very safe and peaceful city compared to other big cities. That's a plus in my book".

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