Axel Axgil was born April 13, 1915 and passed away in Copenhagen on October 29th. Axel and his partner Eigil advocated for same-sex domestic partnerships in Denmark, and were the first gay couple in the world to enter into a domestic partnership. The two were married in 1989 when Denmark first allowed same-sex marriage. The marriage received world-wide media attention.
The couple and a group of their friends founded F-48 (Forbundet 48), Denmark’s first gay advocacy group in 1948. Axil lost his job when the organization became public. The Axgils moved to Copenhagen and continued to advocate for gay rights. Their contribution to gay and lesbian advocacy continues today. F-48 has grown into LGBT Danmark, which added advocacy for transgender rights to its mission in 2008.
“Axel was a very strong man, who throughout his life fought the battles for equality for homosexuals, which have eased my life in so many ways. The great work from him and his life-long partner Eigil is such an inspiration. It was a great honor to meet him during World Outgames 2009 in Copenhagen, and I will not forget the respect, gratitude and humility I felt within me,” said Pernille Steckhahn-Strohmer, Co-founder of Q-Factor, a Danish non-profit organization with a focus on promoting LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) equality and gender equality through business.
Out & Equal thanks Axel and his partner Eigil Agil for their contribution to equality. May they both rest in peace.