Three men were gay bashed in
Copenhagen, Denmark on the opening day of World Outgames, UK
Gay News reported.
Police say three men – from England,
Norway and Sweden – were punched and kicked in Copenhagen's gay
district, the Vester Voldgade and Studiestraede area of the city.
The three men escaped serious injury but were treated at a local
Two Danish men, 28 and 33, have been
detained by police who are treating the assaults as hate crimes. The
men, whose names were not released, face a possible “mild violence”
charge. On Sunday, a judge ruled to keep the men in custody until
August 4, two days after the conclusion of World Outgames. The judge
said that to release the men before the end of the gay festival would
“affront the public's sense of justice.”
World Outgames is the nine-day LGBT
festival that combines sport, culture and politics. Over 5,000
athletes are expected to compete in more than 30 events in Denmark's
capital. The games opened on Saturday.
Denmark's commitment to gay rights
includes granting civil unions to gay men and lesbians in 1989.