Scandinavian countries, including Norway, are generally known for their liberal attitudes towards sex and sexuality. Same-sex sexual activity was legalised in 1972 in Norway, and from this point onwards 16 became the age of consent regardless of a person’s sexual orientation. Norway was actually the first country to adopt anti-discrimination laws designed to protect gay and lesbian individuals in 1981, thus demonstrating the country’s commitment to fair treatment for all. This progressive stance continues today, and so being gay would pose no obstacle if you wanted to get married or adopt children.

This liberal attitude towards sexuality means that you are able to travel through Norway as a gay man without worrying about potentially encountering problems. There are plenty of gay-friendly bars, cafés and clubs open for business in Norwegian cities where you can meet other gay men and get a taste of Norwegian culture. Unlike in many countries, though, gay nightlife isn’t segregated and so there is a great deal of intermingling between straight and gay people.

There are a number of large-scale events that are staged in order for those who belong to the LGBT community to celebrate their sexuality. More than that, though; there is an opportunity to campaign and raise awareness about the issues that people from within the LGBT community face. These events are not just for the gay community, though; anyone can join in and there is plenty of reason to when there is so much fun to be had and the perfect chance to celebrate the diversity that exists within Norway.

Oslo Gay Pride is the largest and most well-known of all the LGBT events on the calendar. As well as the traditional Gay Pride march, you can look at the art exhibits on display and listen to the political debates that are held. There are also theatrical shows, concerts and films to enjoy, whilst you won’t be able to miss the rows of stalls containing a wide array of goods. There is a really friendly festival atmosphere at Oslo Gay Pride, which clearly goes some way to explaining its popularity.

Another popular event is the Parodi Grand Prix that is held in Bergen where a mixture of amateur and professional artists perform old Eurovision songs, competing to be the best. Unsurprisingly, there is plenty of glitz and glamour, as well as a large dose of humour. What else could you expect with people of varying ability performing Eurovision songs!

If you’re interested in sport, there is the Raballder Cup to look forward to. It is the largest annual gay sporting event in Scandinavia and gives participants an opportunity to compete against other teams in a number of different sports, such as volleyball, handball and floorball. You don’t have to take part, directly, though; you could always just watch! Scandinavian Ski Pride is another event where you can get active. The event is held in Hemsedal and takes place in April. You obviously have an opportunity to ski and snowboard, as well as to socialise with fellow guests and enjoy the other forms of entertainment on offer.

If sport isn’t really your thing, you could always take some time to enjoy the Oslo Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (OGLFF) that takes place in June, where there is a wide selection of films that deal with LGBT issues to enjoy.

In some ways it can be difficult to find specific areas of interest for the gay tourist in Norway, because there is a greater tolerance and equality for people of all sexualities and so, consequently, it might seem that there is a less visible gay presence. It is basically because being gay is not considered to be outside of the mainstream as much as it is in other countries. However, clearly, there are some events and activities which do specifically bring out members of the LGBT community.

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