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 Motzstra├čenfest, 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]

Anti-Discrimination Act (LADG)

At the beginning of June, the state’s anti-discrimination law came into force and Berlin will be the first state government in Germany to explicitly provide protection against the following discrimination by schools, administrations or the police:

  • on the basis of gender
  • ethnic origin
  • a racist and anti-Semitic attribution
  • religion and belief
  • a disability
  • a chronic disease
  • of age
  • of the language
  • sexual and gender identity
  • of social status

This is accompanied by a shift in the burden of proof against the accused authorities, who are thus obliged to justify themselves. In addition, an ombudsman’s office is to be set up to provide advice and assistance to people who have been discriminated against.
You can find more information on the official website. Please share this so that people affected are encouraged to make use of it. https://www.berlin.de/sen/lads/recht/ladg/ [only German, but we are happy to help translate]