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LGBTQ+ Icelanders face ‘dehumanising’ new form of abuse – barking

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It was not the first time that Daníel Arnarsson, a well-known Icelandic LGBTQ+ rights campaigner, had faced homophobic insults on the streets of the capital, Reykjavik.

But he had never been barked at before. “It’s dehumanising in its worst form,” the 32-year-old head of Iceland’s National Queer Association – Samtökin ’78 – said of the incident, which happened when a group of young men made barking noises at him from their car as he walked home.

While Iceland is ranked as one of the world’s most progressive nations in terms of LGBTQ+ rights, dozens of recent incidents involving the unusual form of abuse have raised fears of an upswing in homophobic and transphobic sentiment in the nation of some 360,000 people.

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