Over 150,000 people marched for LGBTQ rights at Berlin’s annual Christopher Street Day celebration. The motto of the parade was "United in Love! Against hate, war and discrimination."
This Berlin's parade was the first time since before the coronavirus pandemic that the annual celebration had proceeded without major restrictions. In 2020, the parade was cancelled entirely due to the pandemic.
German political institutions showed their support for the LGBTQ community. In a historic first, both the German Bundestag and the chancellery flew rainbow flags to mark the occasion.
Klaus Lederer, Berlin’s deputy mayor and a senator for culture and Europe, said in a speech opening the celebrations that Berlin must be a “safe haven” for LGBTQ individuals facing persecution in their home countries.
German parliament passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriages in 2017, and the gay couples can adopt since that year too.
Happy Parade Berlin!!!
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