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Berlin’s gay mayor Klaus Wowereit to resign

Berlin’s gay mayor Klaus Wowereit to resign

The world-famous politician has announced he will step down as Berlin mayor in December – his successor could be another gay politician. The 60-year-old told a news conference on Tuesday that he will leave the office voluntarily in the middle of his third term and that he is proud of his “contribution to the positive development of this city.“ The Social Democrat has been mayor of Berlin for 13 years, […]

Gay publisher Bruno Gmünder faces uncertain future

Gay publisher Bruno Gmünder faces uncertain future

The largest German gay publishing house, known internationally for the Spartacus Gay Guide, has filed an application for insolvency on Wednesday. In a statement on its website, the Berlin based company claims that the sale of books has suffered over the last couple of years and it was too costly to adapt to the new digitial environment. As a result, the company was denied loans by their bank. For the […]

German footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger reveals he is gay

German footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger reveals he is gay

The German football player Thomas Hitzlsperger has announced that he is gay on Wednesday, making him one of the most high-profile footballers to do so. In an interview with the weekly newspaper Die Zeit, the 31-year-old said he wanted to “take the discussion around professional athletes and homosexuality forward”.

Berlin names street after gay rights pioneer

Berlin names street after gay rights pioneer

After years of lobbying Berlin finally has a street to honour Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, maybe the first gay rights pioneer of the world. On Tuesday, a part of Einem Street was officially renamed to Karl Heinrich Ulrichs Street. Karl von Einem was Prussian war minister from 1903 until 1909. He demanded a prosecution of homosexual men and later supported the Nazis. Karl Heinrich Ulrichs on the other hand is seen […]

German president won’t visit Sochi Olypics

German president won’t visit Sochi Olypics

German president Joachim Gauck will not visit the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014. As magazine “Der Spiegel” reports, his office already told russian officials of this decision in the last week. According to the report, human rights abuses and the repression of the opposition in Russia were his reasons, with “Der Spiegel” mentioning the recent anti-gay laws in Russia. But the magazine gives no direct quote from Gauck – and his […]

New German coalition ignores LGBT rights

New German coalition ignores LGBT rights

The leaders of the three political parties forming a new grand coalition government in Germany on Wednesday signed a preliminary agreement that gay rights activists call “disapointing”. The conservative Christian Democrats (CDU), its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), and the Social Democrats (SPD) agreed upon a chapter entitled “Respect Sexual Identity”. However, it mainly includes non-binding statements of intent. It does not include marriage equality or further […]

German activist speaks out against Yelena Mizulina

German activist speaks out against Yelena Mizulina

Wanja Kilber, a gay activist from german-russian LGBT group Quarteera, has used a speech from Yelena Mizulina in Leipzig last Saturday to protest her homophobic stance. Kilber went to the stage – with artificial blood on his hands and a rainbow flag – and shouted in Russian and German: “Mizulina has the blood of young gays, lesbians and transsexuals on her hands”. He was then removed by security, whilst the […]

Author of “gay propaganda” law to speak in Germany

Author of “gay propaganda” law to speak in Germany

Yelena Mizulina, author of the nationwide law against “gay propaganda” in Russia, is set to join other anti-gay campaigners from Russia and France at a conference in Leipzig, Germany this Saturday. The Conference, titled “For the Future of the Family”, is organized by right-wing conspiracy magazine Compact in cooperation with the french-russian think tank Institut de la Démocratie et de la Coopération based in Moscow, Paris and New York. It […]

German elections: Gay foreign minister loses seat, job

German elections: Gay foreign minister loses seat, job

In the German national elections on Sunday chancellor Angela Merkel won a decisive victory but failed to reach an overall majority. Final results give Merkel’s conservative party 311 out of 630 seats in the Bundestag. The CDU/CSU alliance now has to form a coalition government with either the Social Democrats (192 seats) or the Greens (63 seats). The Left Party gained 64 seats, but all other parties have ruled out […]

Angela Merkel opposes LGBT rights in TV debate

Angela Merkel opposes LGBT rights in TV debate

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out a joint adoption law for gay and lesbian couples. In a Q&A session with possible voters on public broadcasting channel ARD, Merkel on Monday said that she was against discrimination: “People in same sex relationships also live values.” But asked about her opposition on gay adoption by a gay man in the audience, Merkel said she was “unsure” about giving gays and lesbians […]