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LGBTI Rights in Germany


ADDED ON: 02/02/2023

LGBTQ+ History Month: Remembering the Glamour Boys – the gay MPs who warned 30s Britain about Nazism

In the 1920s and 1930s of buttoned-up Britain, homosexuality was an illicit act, and would remain that way until 1967 when the law changed in England and Wales. Even though gay culture was…

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ADDED ON: 02/02/2023

The Americans Who Are Fleeing the United States

If there’s any truth to the popular superstition that a bird pooping on you brings good luck, then hopefully the pigeon that relieved itself on me on the chilly morning of November…

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ADDED ON: 01/28/2023

LGBTQ People: Germany’s long-forgotten victims of the Nazis

"Now you're a gay pig and you've lost your balls." That was how Otto Giering was taunted by a guard in August 1939 after his forced castration in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp.…

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ADDED ON: 01/26/2023

Europe moves towards trans self-ID despite controversy

Elinor Höke hates going to the doctor's. The transgender student is registered under her former name, and dreads hearing it shouted across the crowded waiting room at her local clinic in western…

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ADDED ON: 01/25/2023

German Diocese Issues Remarkably LGBTQ-Positive Guidelines for Sex Education

A German diocese has released new guidelines on sex education that are remarkably LGBTQ-positive, including an appreciation of diverse sexual identities and approval of blessing same-gender couples. The Diocese of Limburg approved…

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ADDED ON: 01/11/2023

Germany pushes to end gay blood donor discrimination

The German government on Tuesday pledged to end discrimination against men or trans women who have sex with men and who wish to donate blood. German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said that…

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ADDED ON: 12/26/2022

Holocaust survivor and ‘proud gay man’ shares inspirational coming out story: ‘It was beyond liberating’

A Jewish man who lived through the horrors of the Holocaust has shared his heart-warming story of finally feeling able to come out as gay in his 50s. Sacha Kester recalled how living…

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ADDED ON: 11/23/2022

German Catholic Church amends law to allow LGBTQ employees

The Catholic Church in Germany has updated its labor laws to end discrimination based on sexuality. The amendment, passed on Tuesday, comes almost a year after 125 employees of the Catholic Church…

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ADDED ON: 11/19/2022

Germany Launches Plan To Protect LGBTQ Rights

The German government on Friday unveiled a plan to protect sexual and gender minorities from discrimination, including a bid to anchor their rights in the constitution. Sven Lehmann, the government's commissioner for…

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ADDED ON: 11/05/2022

Germany’s Franciscan Friars Elect Openly Gay Brother as New Provincial Leader

Germany’s Franciscan friars have elected an openly gay brother as their new leader, who becomes one of the most high-profile out LGBTQ+ church leader to date. The friars of the Province of…

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ADDED ON: 10/11/2022

Gay former monk has dream wedding after being forced to quit Catholic church

Bilgri was ordained in 1980 by Joseph Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict XVI in 2005 and served as head of the Roman Catholic Church until February 2013. He served as a Benedictine…

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ADDED ON: 10/04/2022

German Interior Ministry Aims to Offer Better Protection for Queer Refugees

The German Interior Minister, Nancy Faeser, has required the decision makers of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) to review the asylum procedures for queer victims of persecution. According to…

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