Princess Marie of Denmark has made history by becoming the first member of the Danish royal family to attend the Copenhagen Pride. The Copenhagen pride was attended by 30,000 people, with almost 200,000 people celebrating in the streets. Princess Marie showed up unannounced to march with the Danish AIDS Foundation to the surprise of the crowds.
She has now joined her sister-in-law Crown Princess Mary in the fight for LGBT rights. Crown Princess Mary delivered a powerful speech for the unity on LGBT rights earlier this year during the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. She held the speech at the IDAHO forum, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity, but that assertion, for far too many around the world, does not hold true. Even though we write 2016, too many LGBTI people continue to be victims of hatred, violence, discrimination, bullying and ill-treatment – and this we cannot and must not accept.”
Denmark was the first country in the world to introduce same-sex partnerships in 1989 and same-sex marriage became legal in Denmark on 15 June 2012. On 1 January 2017 people in Denmark with transgender gender identity, will no longer be treated as people with a mental disorder. “At the moment, transgender is listed as a mental illness or behavioral problem,” health spokesman Flemming Moller Mortensen has stated. “That is incredibly stigmatizing and in no way reflects how we see transgender people in Denmark. It should be a neutral diagnosis.”
Princess Marie is the second wife of Prince Joachim of Denmark, second son of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. They were married in 2008 and they had two children together, Prince Henrik (born 2009) and Princess Athena (born 2012). Prince Joachim was previously married to Alexandra (now known as the Countess of Frederiksborg) from 1995 to 2005. There were two sons from this marriage, Prince Nikolai (born 1999) and Prince Felix (born 2002).