LGBT rights in Denmark

Hate crime

It is illegal to physically or verbally assault anyone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. It is considered a more serious offence if an assault or harassment is carried out because of the victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Assaults may be reported to the police, and the perpetrators can be prosecuted.


It is illegal to discriminate anyone on ground of their sexual orientation or gender identity within the labour market. It is also illegal to discriminate anyone on the ground of their gender (and gender identity) regarding access to goods and services. Discrimination may be reported to the Board of Equal Treatment.

Public authorities are required to treat everybody equal within the law – also regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Family reunification

Family reunification may be granted to spouses, registered partners or cohabiting partners, regardless of their sex or gender. There are certain requirements regarding for example housing and means of subsistence. Also, if you have children, a foreign national under the age of 18 whose parents are living permanently in Denmark can be granted a residence permit, provided that certain requirements are met.

Marriage and partnership

Two persons of the same sex can marry in Denmark. Marriage is gender neutral according to Danish Law. Marriage between two persons of the same sex entitles them to the same rights as heterosexual married couples. One can get married either in the civil registry offices (a non-religious ceremony carried out by the municipality) or in the Church of Denmark (Protestant) provided at least one partner is member of the church.

Gender recognition

Legal change of gender is allowed in Denmark without a medical expert statement and without surgey.

Medical treatment

If you as a transgender person already take hormones, you are entitled to free hormonal treatment as an asylum seeker.