Iceland was much more homophobic in 1978, when the country's first gay organization was founded in Reykjavík. The small population and close-knit family networks made it difficult for gays and lesbians to escape the disapproval of older generations. Today gay marriages are legal, several prominent cultural figures are openly gay, and gay and lesbian couples walk freely through the streets of Reykjavík. Outside the capital there isn't any gay scene to speak of, but the worst any gay couple is likely to encounter is a frown.
The national LGBTQIA organization in Iceland is Samtökin '78, Suðurgata 3, Reykjavík (tel. +354-552-7878; www.samtokin78.is), which is open Monday to Friday from 1 to 4pm and holds open-house social gatherings at their Rainbow Cafe on Thursdays evenings. Check their Facebook page for weekly events (https://www.facebook.com/samtokin78/). Iceland's main lesbian organization is Íslensk lesbíska.
Q, the Queer student association is an active group that works to build international connections, fight for human rights and create social events.
Iceland's Pride Festical kicks off with Rainbow Reykjavik Winter Pride (www.rainbowreykjavik.is), a four-day festival in early February. The highlight of the festival is the Pink Masquerade Party where hundreds of locals and guests dance the night away. Reykjavik Pride is held the second weekend in August and has become one of the largest celebrations in the country. Almost one-third of the naion gathers in the city centre for the Reykjavik Pride Parade. This six-day event includes parties, movie screenings, lectures, conecerts and more (http://hinsegindagar.is/en).
Kiki Queer Bar is Iceland's LGBT bar. it's open Thurs-Sat nights and has been voted as Iceland's most popular dance spot.
Pink Iceland (www.pinkiceland.is) organizes LGBT day tours, NYE packages, as well as get togethers with locals.
Out Adventures (www.outadventures.com) offer eight-day adventure tours before the Reykjavik Pride festivities as well as winter getaways.
He Travel (www.hetravel.com) offers viking and volcano tours.
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