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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.

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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