The city authorities in the Danish capital Copenhagen have turned down a funding application from gay Pride organisers, which could threaten the week-long event.

“We need to find a more suitable solution, a spokesman for the mayor’s office told leading Danish LGBT media outlet PrideRadio.dk.

“We had to turn down the Copenhagen Pride 08 application due to new procedures.

“It is important that no-one sees this rejection as discrimination towards the Danish gay community.”

Pride organisers have not commented directly on the funding issue, other than saying that they hope they can rely on the support of Copenhagen residents of all sexualities.

Copenhagen Pride is a week-long festival attended by tens of thousands of people. Last year it featured an LGBT marketplace, an open air film screening, panel debates and cultural events.

The grand finale is a parade through the Copenhagen and a massive concert at the city’s main square.