LGBTI global news 24-7

Content about Germany

September 22, 2014

From the first gay gathering in a beer tent, to modern-day oompah covers of Britney Spears songs, why we love Oktoberfest and the rest of Bavaria Germany

September has arrived, and that can only mean one thing on the global LGBT calendar - Oktoberfest - when thousands of gay men don leather lederhosen, gingham shirts, and head to Munich for the biggest drinking, singing and sausage-quaffing-fest of the year.

But hold on a minute. If it’s called Oktoberfest, then why isn’t the event held in October?

That is certainly a question I asked myself, especially considering that this is an event held in Germany, a country well known for its pragmatic, well-organized approach to life.

September 22, 2014

From the first gay gathering in a beer tent, to modern-day oompah covers of Britney Spears songs, why we love Oktoberfest and the rest of Bavaria Germany

September has arrived, and that can only mean one thing on the global LGBT calendar - Oktoberfest - when thousands of gay men don leather lederhosen, gingham shirts, and head to Munich for the biggest drinking, singing and sausage-quaffing-fest of the year.

But hold on a minute. If it’s called Oktoberfest, then why isn’t the event held in October?

That is certainly a question I asked myself, especially considering that this is an event held in Germany, a country well known for its pragmatic, well-organized approach to life.

September 18, 2014

From gay culture to hotels in Germany’s major cities, here’s a website to spark your imagination and wanderlust

The lovely people at the German National Tourist Office have re-launched a brand new website just for LGBTI readers to learn more about Germany and everything the country has to offer.

The country that gave us Adidas, Einstein and World Cup winning super-stud, Mario Gotze (move over Beckham) has now published the perfect resource to plan your next trip to Germany.

September 1, 2014

The country’s Constitutional Court has ruled in favor of a lesbian who wants to step-adopt her partner’s biological children

Following a five-year legal battle by a lesbian couple, Colombia’s Constitutional Court has ruled that sexual orientation must not be regarded as a discriminating factor by welfare services considering second-parent adoptions.

Ana Leiderman and Veronica Botero, who live in Medellin, share the upbringing of Leiderman’s children: a six-year-old girl and a four-year-old boy. Both children were born after Leiderman underwent artificial insemination. The women underwent a civil union in Germany in 2008, and Botero first applied to adopt the-then baby girl five years ago.

August 27, 2014

Berlin’s first openly gay mayor Klaus Wowereit has announced that he will quit in December after more than 13 years leading the city’s government

Berlin’s first openly gay mayor has announced that he will resign in December of this year, ending a 13 year stint in the city’s top job.

Klaus Wowereit’s reputation has taken a beating recently over a project to build a new airport for the German capital.

The Willy Brandt airport was scheduled to open in 2010. However construction costs on the project blew out to double and it is still not clear when the airport will be ready to open.

August 13, 2014

Two men meet moments before their execution. A love story between two women across decades and states. A zebra - all of these and more in the running for the Iris Prize

A late night search for Viagra by two aging strangers during a one night stand.

A military exercise in the woods where two soldiers cover each other’s faces in camouflage paint, and learn more about each other.

A lesbian couple argue during a hurricane.

A zebra runs into a tree.

These are just a few of the films wanting to be named the winner of the Iris Prize, the coveted award given to the world’s best LGBT film short.

July 13, 2014

Queerty gives 34 reasons why you should watch today's World Cup Final...and each is boyfriend material

It's here. After a month of soccer (I'm from the US, people), the final of the World Cup is today (13 July).

Argentina and Germany are the last teams standing. There are multiple reasons to watch, but if you're not sports inclined take the advice offered at Queerty.

That site offers 34, perfectly sane, excuses: photos of players from each team.

July 8, 2014

Authorities say as many as 700,000 people took pat in Sunday’s Cologne Gay Pride parade – making it one of the largest shows of LGBTI solidarity in the world

700,000 people marched in the Cologne Gay Pride parade on Sunday, making it one of the largest LGBTI pride events in Germany and Europe.

That figure was arrived at by police supervising the event which originally began as a Christopher Street Day event commemorating the Stonewall Riots at the Stonewall Inn on New York’s Christopher Street.

This year’s Cologne Gay Pride march was also notable as a contingent from local pro-football side FC Köln marched in the parade including club vice-president Toni Schumacher.

July 4, 2014

Killed by Nazis, a new biography asks whether the celebrated Lutheran thinker was in love with his close friend and biographer Eberhard Bethge

One of the loudest religious voices against the rise of the Nazis in Germany may have been gay, according to a new biography.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was ultimately executed at the Flossenbürg concentration camp in 1945 aged 39, was apparently in love with his best friend.

June 5, 2014

Anonymous gay German footballer says: 'I slowly realized: It's because of me. In that moment I thought my career was over. I didn't want to go to training anymore'

An anonymous gay soccer player has spoken out about the reasons why he refuses to come out.

The footballer in Germany’s Under 19 Bundesliga, who plans on playing professionally, says the homophobic culture in the changing room will stop many from being honest with the public.

Given the pseudonym of 'Nico', he told Deutsche , Welle there was an incident with his team two years ago that made him think his career was over.

‘By chance the team I was in found out that I was gay,’ he said.

June 3, 2014

Chemical giant Bayer is refusing to pay the gay widower of an employee a survivors’ pension despite their 2008 Connecticut same-sex marriage

A Connecticut gay man is suing the Bayer Corporation after it refused to pay him survivors’ benefits after his husband died.

Bayer claims they do not owe Gerald Passaro any money despite his marriage to Thomas Buckholz, an employee of Bayer for over 20 years who legally married Passaro in Connecticut in November of 2008.

They had been together for 13 years prior to their marriage.

May 1, 2014

Film based on novel about Danish painter who was one of the first persons to undergo sex-change surgery

Eddie Redmayne has landed the lead role in the film version of the novel The Danish Girl, the story of an acclaimed transgender painter.

The film, inspired by the novel written by David Ebershoff, is about the Danish painter born Einar Wegener who was one of the first identifiable recipients of sex reassignment surgery.

Such surgery was still experimental when Wegener had the first of five operations beginning in 1930 - something that caused a sensation in newspapers of Denmark and Germany.

April 23, 2014

Caleb Landry Jones will star in the new Roland Emmerich film about the 1969 riots that kick-started the LGBTI rights movement

X-Men star Caleb Landry Jones has entered talks for Stonewall, a film on the riots that kick-started the modern LGBTI rights movement.

The 24-year-old American actor and musician is in line to join Jeremy Irvine in the historical drama, Deadline reports.

Written by Jon Robin Baitz, best known for Brothers and Sisters, and directed by Independence Day’s Roland Emmerich.

March 5, 2014

But head of Catholic church reiterates ;marriage is between a man and a woman'

Pope Francis has told an Italian newspaper that the Catholic church might find civil unions between same-sex couples acceptable.

The Pope was sure to reiterate to the large Italian daily, Corriere della Sera that 'marriage is between a man and a woman.'

January 9, 2014

Openly gay ex-West Ham, Everton and Aston Villa player doubts Premier League will see gay player in near future

Retired footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger has spoken out about the fear of negative reaction holding gay players back from coming out in the Premier League.

After coming out publicly yesterday (8 January), he said on BBC Today: 'I can't imagine playing football and doing this at the same time.'

The ex-Germany international revealed he chose to continue playing without coming out towards the end of his career.

January 3, 2014

Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks publicly acknowledges her sexual orientation for the first time, becoming the country’s first openly lesbian prime minister

Germany’s Environment Minister has come out as a lesbian.

While some maintain Barbara Hendrick’s sexuality was an ‘open secret,’ the 61-year-old minister officially came out in a recent interview with Rheinische Post.

When asked what she had planned for New Year’s Eve, Hendrick revealed she would be celebrating with her partner in Berlin.

December 17, 2013

Magazine calls the Catholic pointiff the 'single most influential person of 2013 on the lives of LGBT people'

The Advocate, the oldest LGBTI publication in the US, named Pope Francis as its Person of the Year on Monday (16 December).

The magazine placed a NoH8 campaign tattoo on the cheek of the head of the Catholic Church for its cover illustration along with the quote 'If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge.'

Such sentiments are a dramatic reversal from the anti-gay rhetoric of his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI who had once written that homosexuality was 'intrinsically evil.'

December 15, 2013

French official offers no reason why President Francois Hollande will be absent from Sochi

France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced that neither he nor President Francois Hollande will attend the Sochi Olympics.

'There are no plans to attend,' Fabius said Europe 1 Radio, according to Yahoo Sports. 'Top French officials have no plans to be there.'

The foreign minister offered no reason for the decision.

December 11, 2013

Germany GQ has launched the 'Gentleman against Homophobia' campaign, aiming to spread love and stamp out intolerance across Europe and the world

Straight male celebs have kissed in order to fight homophobia in Russia, Germany and around the world.

In the brand new German campaign, titled #Mundpropaganda (a pun on ‘word of mouth’ and ‘kissing propaganda’), the hunks are hoping to stamp out intolerance and discrimination.

Lifestyle monthly GQ, generally known for advertising fast cars and hot women to its readers, launched the Gentlemen Against Homophobia campaign.

December 2, 2013

From discovering a 1970s photo booth to sniffing out the best waffles in town, Gay Star Travel found out some handy insights into this quirky city

Having never graced Germany with my presence I wasn't sure what to expect when I planned a trip to Berlin.

Regular responses from friends who had visited would always remain the same…‘You're going to love it’- with no further explanation needed.

So with that handy bit of knowledge I dived right in for a long weekend with an open mind and heart.

Below are the six things I discovered about this unique city.

October 31, 2013

Parents will have the option to leave the gender box blank in an important step forward for intersex births

Germany is to become the first country in the world to allow babies to have no gender.

In an important step forward for intersex rights, parents will have the option to leave the gender box blank from 1 November.

Babies are reportedly being born without clearly determinable genitalia, at a rate of one in every 1,500.

There are some occasions in countries where doctors ‘choose’ a gender for the parents or force the parents to make a decision minutes after birth.

October 30, 2013

'Anyone that wants to twist this into "she says she's bisexual for marketing" this is a f***inng lie'

Lady Gaga is upset that anyone would think she would claim to be bisexual just for promotion.

During an appearance in Germany this week, she set the record straight.

'You know what? It's not a lie that I am bisexual and I like women, and anyone that wants to twist this into "she says she's bisexual for marketing," this is a f***ing lie.'

The singer added: 'This is who I am and who I have always been.'

October 24, 2013

While same-sex couples have now been given equal state child benefits, many are hoping recent coalition talks will pave way for same-sex marriage and adoption

Despite still being banned from adoption, same-sex couples in Germany were given equal state child benefits yesterday (23 October).

A lesbian couple in a civil union, with two children each, were victorious in a legal case at the Federal Fiscal Court in Munich.

The AFP reports the plaintiff, not identified by the court, argued she and her civil partner were entitled to the higher rate of €215 ($296) per month given to families of four children.

October 7, 2013

LGBT short films from around the world are to compete in Cardiff, Wales this week for a cash prize to make another movie

Guests from India, USA, Netherlands, Ireland, Australia, Norway and Germany are arriving in Cardiff, Wales as the city hosts the world’s leading LGBT short film festival.

Five days of events will see 30 films compete for the Iris Prize and £25,000 ($40,000 €29,600), the world’s largest short film prize.

Audiences in the Welsh capital will see sexy gay vampires, horny Mormons and stories of first love.