Gay rights activist snubs Solberg

One of Norway’s most high-profile and respected gay rights activists, author Karen-Christine “Kim” Friele, turned down an invitation to attend a garden party hosted by Prime Minister Erna Solberg in connection with EuroPride in Oslo this week. The reason: Solberg’s decision not to welcome the Dalai Lama when he was in Oslo last month. Friele, now […]

EuroPride off to noisy start in Oslo

UPDATED: A Norwegian government minister was booed Friday evening as Oslo launched more than a week of events tied to EuroPride, the annual festival dedicated to making people feel proud of their sexual orientation and gender identity. The first of more than 200 events scheduled through June 29 got off to an awkward start, when […]

Embassies differ over gay colours

Just months after the Russian Embassy in Oslo was hit by protests over Russia’s perceived attacks on gay rights, the US Embassy in Oslo is winning praise after taking its defense of gay rights to new levels. The Americans have adorned their building across from the Royal Palace with the rainbow colours signifying gay pride, […]

Veteran politician blasts the church

Per-Kristian Foss, Norway’s Auditor General and a former longtime Member of Parliament for the Conservative Party, has called the Norwegian Church’s refusal to marry gays and lesbians in the church “a slap in the face for homosexuals.” On the eve of the Easter holidays, Foss, who is gay himself, is now considering withdrawing his membership […]

Church refuses to marry gay couples

UPDATED: The Norwegian Church’s (Den norske kirke) highest governing body voted against allowing homosexual couples to marry in a religious ceremony on Tuesday. However, a majority also rejected endorsing the status quo, that marriage is between one man and one woman, leaving the church with no clear statement on its gay marriage stance. The marriage […]

Bishops back gay weddings

A majority of Norwegian bishops think the Norwegian church should be able to conduct wedding ceremonies for gays. Oslo’s bishop, though is opposed. Eight of 12 bishops voted at a bishops’ meeting in Oslo this week that gays should be allowed to marry in the church, and as a first step, they hoped that all […]

Rain didn’t dampen gay rights spirit

Pouring rain didn’t stop thousands of people from marching through the streets of Oslo on Saturday to both celebrate sexual diversity and drum up tolerance for it. Top state and city politicians joined the parade, which featured both serious and playful participants. Norway’s government minister in charge of culture, Hadia Tajik, was among those calling […]

Nobel Prize winner stirs protests

Three months ago, the president of Liberia received her Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo and was hailed as a champion of women’s rights. Now she’s made it clear that human rights don’t extend to homosexuals, and that’s sparked some outrage in Norway. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has shocked some Norwegians who applauded her in […]

'More difficult to be gay in Norway'

A former Norwegian Justice Minister who’s also a best-selling author thinks it’s more difficult to be either gay or Muslim in Norway than it was 10 years ago. Anne Holt, who’s gay herself, says she’s been scared by a rising degree of what she deems hatred. Holt, who briefly served as Justice Minister during Thorbjørn […]

Royal treatment for HIV/AIDS

It’s Gay Pride Week in Oslo, and efforts to make life easier for all those affected by HIV/AIDS are literally getting royal treatment. Crown Princess Mette-Marit has emerged as a local and international activist, working to ease discrimination against those who’ve tested HIV positive. Norway’s crown princess has travelled around the world as a special […]