Crown Princess Mary attended the Danish Rainbow Awards earlier this week to present honorary awards to businesses and organisations that show support for LGBTQ+ people in Denmark.
The Danish Rainbow Awards “should be inclusive and embrace broadly,” according to the organisation’s official website. “That is, it should be an event for both gay, bisexual and transgender people…heterosexuals are of course also welcome. It should also be an event that speaks to young as well as older people. And it must be an event that recognises the work done in the LGBT community throughout Denmark.”
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Hvert år hylder Rainbow Business Denmark personer, organisationer og virksomheder, der er med til at skabe bedre livsvilkår for LGBT+-personer i Danmark. Hyldesten sker ved showet Danish Rainbow Awards, som i aftes fandt sted for 12. gang, og hvor H.K.H. Kronprinsessen overrakte Æresprisen, der i år gik til 96-årige Doris Pollas. Hun er den eneste nulevende blandt stifterne af ”Kredsen af 1948”, der i dag kendes som LGBT+ Danmark.
Crown Princess Mary has attended the Danish Rainbow Awards in the past, most recently presenting in 2018. At this year’s ceremony, she presented the Honorary Award to Doris Pollas, one of the founders of ‘The Circle of 1948,’ which later became LGBT+ Denmark.
At the ceremony in Copenhagen, multiple awards were handed out to honour LGBTQ+ people and organisations including the Activist Award (presented to those who work to “promote the rights and equality of LGBT people in society”), the Business Award (presented to a company that “shows in their everyday life that they have a clear LGBT policy”), the Sports Award (presented to an athlete or organisation that provides opportunities to LGBT athletes), the Culture Award (presented to those working in cultural fields who have “made a particularly strong mark in the work for freedom of expression and the right to diversity with a focus on LGBT people”), the Media Award (presented to those in the media who have “made a particularly strong mark in the past year in the work for the rights of LGBT people”).
There is also the Association Award (presented to an organisation “that has made a name for itself in the LGBT community and in the work for the rights of LGBT people”), the LGBT Person of the Year Award, the Retail Award (presented to a retailer who works “with or for the LGBT community”); the Statement/Event/Party Award (presented to those who have hosted “untraditional events, preferably with a socio-political element in or for the LGBT community”), the Music Award (presented to a musician or band that creates on behalf of the LGBT community), the Reader Award (a special award if there is someone who does not fit the existing criteria for awards but has done something worthy of recognition); a Bar/Club Award (presented to a bar or club within the LGBT community); the Hetero/Straight Ally of the Year Award, the Drag of the Year Award, and the Social Media Award.
The Danish Rainbow Awards have been held every year since 2008.