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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.

Klaus Wowereit announcing his resignation on Tuesday

Klaus Wowereit announcing his resignation on Tuesday

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, making him Germany’s longest serving head of a regional government. He made worldwide headlines after coming-out as gay at a party conference just days before his first election in 2001. In his speech, he uttered the sentence “I am gay – and that’s a good thing”. This became one of the most repeated phrases in German.

26. August 2014 1 comment Read More
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.

Photo: Jörg Steinert / LSVD

Photo: Jörg Steinert / LSVD

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 as a pioneer of gay rights in 19th century Germany. He campaigned for the legalisation of homosexuality until his death in 1895.

For administrative reasons, only the part of the street that is located in the district of Tempelhof-Schöneberg was renamed, while the city centre district still has to go through a process of public participation. This is expected to wrap up in a couple of months.

Munich, Bremen and Hanover already have streets or places named after Ulrichs. The new street in Berlin is situated close to the gay scene around the Nollendorfplatz. Ulrichs was a forerunner to the more famous sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld, who already has a street named after him: The Magnus Hirschfeld Ufer, a bank on the river Spree opposite the German Chancellery where his Institute for Sexual Research once stood.

17. December 2013 0 comments
Berlin: Thousands protest russian anti-gay law

Berlin: Thousands protest russian anti-gay law

enough-is-enough-lsvdlOver 5.000 protesters marched through the streets of Berlin on Saturday demanding an end to the russian law that bans gay “propaganda”. Protesters walked several kilometres through Berlin city centre to the Russian embassy, where speeches were held.

The protest titled “Enough is enough” was organized by a group of friends and found huge support from Berlin’s gay scene and politicians. It was the biggest LGBT protest outside pride festivities for years.

Openly gay Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit on Friday had written a letter to his Moscow counterpart Sergey Sobyanin demanding an end to an atmosphere that created fear instead of tolerance. Berlin and Moscow are twinned.

Next Sunday people in Berlin and some other german citys will join in the global protest “To Russia with love“, with kiss-in protests planned in front of russian embassys and consulates.

Photo: LSVD

1. September 2013 0 comments
Meningitis vaccination recommend for gay men in Berlin

Meningitis vaccination recommend for gay men in Berlin

Neisseria meningitidis

Neisseria meningitidis

Berlin health authorities are asking gay men to get vaccinations against bacterial meningitis.

In an unprecedented step, the city government of the German capital has recommended shots for homosexuals in Mid-July. The recommendation comes two weeks after the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reported three meningitis deaths in Berlin within the gay community, with a fourth young man lying in a coma.

The men, all under 25 and hiv negative, contracted the bacterial infection in february or may. Meningitis can be spread by sneezing, coughing, sharing utensils or kissing.

Within the last weeks, officials in France and Belgium also reported cases. There were 22 confirmed deaths in New York City and three in Los Angeles in the past three years.

1. August 2013 0 comments Read More