IDAHOT Report 2014: Iceland

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In Iceland, the organisation Samtökin ’78 used the occasion of May 17, 2014, to question the candidates for the upcoming elections about their stands on LGBTIQ issues & Human Rights. The city of Akranes also marked the day by flying the rainbow flag.

Under the theme ‘Do Queer Votes Count?’, the organisation Samtökin ’78 hosted activities for IDAHOBIT. In the context of the 2014 Elections, Samtökin ’78 invited candidates to a panel discussion to discuss their thoughts and ideas on queer issues, especially touching topics of human rights for LGBTIQ people. The event took place in Reykjavik on May 17.
You can find more details about the event here.
Samtökin ’78 is the National Queer Organisation of Iceland and works for LGBTI people and their families. They run a community centre in downtown Reykjavík where they hold events, have open hours and provide a library.
You can find more information about the organisation on their website and Facebook page.

Poster for IDAHOT 2014 actions in Iceland.

In Akranes, city authorities flew rainbow flags at their offices in the town for May 17.

Rainbow Flag infront of Akranes City Offices. Source:
Rainbow Flag in front of Akranes City Offices. Source:

Before May 17, the Human Rights Policy Akranes was approved by the town council and stated that Akranes supports rights for gay people, as the online magazine visir stated.

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