HeartCore #5 INCLUSION

HeartCore #5 INCLUSION

Welcome to the fifth edition of HeartCore – The Official Copenhagen Pride Magazine. The theme for this edition is INCLUSION. Read the full magazine below.

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Editorial: Welcome to the inclusion edition!

Photo by Solbjørgh Hansen For the fifth time, we have the pleasure of welcoming you to HeartCore – The Official Copenhagen Pride magazine. We have moved through a winter of isolation and distance, into a spring filled with uncertainty, finally to arrive in the summertime and the Pride season with renewed hope for the future.

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She is absolute

Photo by Sarah NoregaardBy Paulie Amanita “De mi tierra bella, de mi tierra santaOigo ese grito de los tamboresY los timbales al cumbancharY ese pregón que canta un hermanoQue de su tierra vive lejanoY que el recuerdo le hace llorarUna canción que vive entonandoDe su dolor de su propio llantoY se le escucha penar(…)” Gloria

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Stop the hate now!

The legacy of Live and Let Live By Mariya Alfa Staugaard In the summer of 2020, a young man was walking down the street in the city center of Copenhagen when a stranger decided to film himself yelling at him, subsequently uploading the clip to Instagram. What made the video amusing in the eyes of

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Queer experiences of sex education

By Nicholas Chisha The purpose of this article is to highlight the challenges that LGBTI+ persons encounter as they develop through childhood, adolescence, and adulthood and develop an identity in a society that is not programmed for the development and sexual maturity of non-heterosexual humans. From the African plains to the English hills, to the

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Self-exclusion and other illusions

A personal essay by Nicklas Collier Trigger warning: This article mentions hate crimes and violence against minorities. I have always envied my classmates and fellow students. We all remember when the always positive and uplifting teacher asked where we would end up when we got our diploma. It started a wave of buzzing thoughts that

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Inclusivity in theatre: An open letter by Mike Gamble

This open letter was originally penned in response to the announcement of the casting of ‘Kinky Boots’ by Det Ny Teater. What we bring here is an excerpt focused on the larger discussion regarding minority ethnic erasure, and visual representation on stage via problematic norms, practices, and ideologies. The full letter and following response can

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You don’t belong here

Illustration by Christina E. Ebbesen By Mie Hald ”I just want to feel respected as a whole person, whom there isn’t something automatically wrong with, or who is up to something in the eyes of others.” That is what Vee (genderfluid) says when I ask them about what makes them feel included in a group

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LGBTI+ representation in Danish museums

By Mette Ernst Andersen How do Danish museums portray and convey LGBTI+ history? Is there a need for a focused LGBTI+ museum in Denmark to cover the history? Or are the subjects already being covered at the existing museums? Here are examples of how some Danish museums work with, and convey, various LGBTI+ topics. KØN

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The illusion of inclusion: The gay friend

Photo: Unsplash By Jens Ulvedahl Throughout the film and television history, LGBTI+ people have been represented in many stereotypical and problematic ways, and one of the characters that emerged up through the 90s is the gay friend. Often seen as a cisgender feminine homosexual man that acts as a sidekick for the female protagonist. The character has been rightly criticized for generalizing all

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A place on the pitch

Photo by Renato Manzionna By Nicola Pettinger Brown “Rugby is a sport for all – and we still mean it!” Eleven words superimposed on the rainbow flag. A crisp statement shared by the Danish Rugby Union on their RUGBYdk Facebook page – quickly reposted by Copenhagen Wolves Rugby Club and several others. The sentence may

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Rainbow Bytes and Pixelated Sexuality

Inclusion of LGBTI+ Characters in Video Games By Anne Sophie Parsons Inclusion of LGBTI+ representation in video games is one defined by the question of advanced character portrayals and the craft of video game script writing; since the 1980s, LGBTI+ characters have gone from being, more or less, an afterthought or an offensive gimmick in

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Book club: HeartCore Reading Room

Do you like queer literature? Sure you do. Are you tired of reading books with only one minor queer character, who will inevitably die in a tragic accident to further someone else’s character development? Aren’t we all? Would you like to read a bunch of cool books, about cool queers, doing cool things? You’d be

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The Story of #YouAreIncluded

By Louise Østergaard Sørensen #YouAreIncluded is the overarching theme for when WorldPride and EuroGames come together as Copenhagen 2021. It was conceived as a direct message to LGBTI+ people around the world that they are included, welcomed, and appreciated in the event. Furthermore, the hashtag has become a campaign intended to highlight the situation for

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Poem: Tom Cassidy

Illustration by Henrijette Nielsen Poem by Dan Dudkowsk “Maybe heaven is one big gay bar” And we’re all laughing After we’ve reached our limits; Self-hate Can only do so much damage Self-love Can only get you this high. I’m pouring myself another drink Pouring him, and her, and them And then, I make a toast

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With a hand on his heart: Meet Jalal

Photo by Liv Rossander By Lærke Vinther Christiansen Trigger Warning: This article discusses suicidal thoughts, weight loss, and the Danish healthcare system Like many others, you may have watched DR’s documentary series “Macho”, which follows Jalal for a year and a half of his life as a transgender Muslim man, living with his partner Mie.

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To B or not to B

Photo by Ulla Munch-Petersen A conversation on bisexuality By Mariya Alfa Staugaard I came out as bisexual at an early age. I was around 15 and having a hard time putting words to the feelings I was having, when I did what any emo kid would do in 2007: I created a Myspace profile. On

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Fat, Femme and Faggotry

Photo by Mia Elisabeth Nielsen A Personal Essay About Being Fat and Queer Trigger warning: This article discusses fatphobia and eating disorders By Bryn R. Frederiksmose We talk about safe spaces the same way we talk about the menu at an event. It’s another thing on the long list of things we need to remember,

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