On 17 May the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia took place. It was launched in 2004 and celebrated for the first time worldwide in 2005. The date was chosen on purpose, as in 1990 the WHO no longer listed homosexuality as a mental illness. Since then, 30 years have passed and in many countries of the world achievements for queer people have been made. It is particularly gratifying to note that Taiwan became the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage in 2017. This is, by the way, the same year that in Germany marriage for homosexuals was legitimized by law.

Since this year the day could not be celebrated in public, members of the AStA have come together to lay down flowers on the memorial for the persecuted homosexuals during the Nazi dictatorship. This place is a memorial to the horrible history of Germany, which is often regarded as past and closed. However, vandalism at the memorial1 occurs again and again. Similarly, the number of violent crimes against members of the LGBT+ community in Berlin in 2019 increased by 32% compared to the previous year. (2019: 997, 2018: 733 violent crimes)2. Thus, in times of corona and the cancellation of events such as the CSD or the Motzstraßenfest, it is particularly important to stand up for equal rights and acceptance of all people and to show solidarity with disadvantaged groups in society.

2 http://www.maneo.de/fileadmin/user_upload/dateien/dokumentationen/MANEO-Report-2019-Teil1-online.pdf [Seite 9]