The city of Copenhagen is creating a fund and plans to protect participants in the World Outgames who might encounter persecution for being gay or lesbian on return to their home country. The Danish government is cooperating to ensure that any gay or lesbian participating in the games will not be forced to return home if prison, torture or death awaits. “If these participants will have problems returning home after being in Denmark, the we need to find some solution,” said councillor Manu Sareen. Participants will be allowed to take part in the games using an alias in order to protect their identity.
The good news is Denmark is going to protect gays who take part in the games, the bad new is that in this day and age, individuals face the prospect of prison or torture because they are gay or lesbian.