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World Outgames to begin July 25 in Copenhagen

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Copenhagen is coming out for the world: See the complete program

Widely known for tolerant attitudes, Copenhagen is now set to show the world why it ranks among the most LGBT friendly places on earth. The entire city is literally coming out during World Outgames 2009 which begins with a spectacular opening ceremony on July 25.

Copenhagen is now set to welcome thousands of participants, visitors and guests from all over the World to one of the most expansive festivals of sport, culture and human rights ever produced to celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

World Outgames organizers have assembled an unprecedented program of activities to take place in the city’s streets, squares, parks, sports facilities and cultural venues during the week.

These include 34 sports tournaments, 17 official parties, a wide variety of LGBT themed art shows and exhibitions, an international choir festival, a tango festival, a film festival, a leather festival, a number of special performances featuring cabaret, theatre and opera, and the Love of Freedom – Freedom to Love Human Rights Conference.

See the complete program here.

Among the most highly anticipated attractions, World Outgames will feature week-long cultural presentations featuring leading artists and performers from Antwerp, Melbourne, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Tel Aviv and Denmark’s second city.Aarhus.

Called the OutCities program, each city will be queering and transforming city spaces along a route through the center of town to the harbor with music, installations, events and performances on the themes of gender, identity and diversity.

“Although the troubled global economy has made it difficult for many of the people we expected to come to Copenhagen, World Outgames is still going to be one fantastic coming out party,” said Gerry Hail, manager of Buzz and Media.

It's not too late to join the fun. Registration for the sports program is now closed, but you can still register for the choir, leather and tango festivals festivals until July 15.

Registration for the human rights conference and purchase of visitor passes is open until July 20.Tickets to all parties except the Grand Opening are now on sale. For more information about the parties and tickets, click here.

Visit www.copenhagen2009.org for complete program information and for flight and hotel discounts.

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