Square in central Copenhagen named after LGBT rights pioneer

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Axel Axgils Plads - that is the name of a newly renovated square in central Copenhagen after the City Council decided to name it after the pioneer of LGBT rights, Axel Axgil.

The Alderman for City Planning, Ayfer Baykal, finds it fitting that the city names a square after one of the pioneers of the LGBT movement - considering the many advances Denmark has seen with regards to the rights of LGBT people. The Alderman hopes it sends a signal to other minority groups.

Axel Axgil, who died in 2011 at the age of 96, was one of the founders of The Association of 1948 (later renamed LBL and now called LGBT Denmark). In 1989 he and his partner, Eigil Axgil, were the first same-sex couple in the world to have their partnership officially registered at the Copenhagen City Hall.

The new square is situated next to the City Hall Square (Rådhuspladsen) but was up to recently mainly a parking lot. It has now been renovated and it needed a separate name to distinguish itself from the main square according to the City Council.

Two LGBT cafés and bars, Oscar and Heaven, are situated at the new square.

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