Out and proud: June is used worldwide to make the LGBTQAI+ community visible and to celebrate queer identity. But while June is already drawing to a close, the festivities in Berlin are only just picking up speed. For the first time this year, Pride Month will be officially celebrated in Berlin – organized by the CSD eV, which organizes Berlin’s Christopher Street Day every year.
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From June 28th, the anniversary of the Stonewall protests, the association is calling for four weeks “LGBTQIA topics and encounters in and with Berlin’s queer communities”. This will culminate in the big CSD parade on Christopher Street Day on July 23rd.
“We are not interested in fancy flash in the pan,” says the CSD association’s website. Instead, you want with the Pride Month “set lasting impulses that initiate topics without discussing them, enable a change of perspective and contribute to real further development.”
The association has four main themes, all of which are to be presented throughout the programme: religion and spirituality, FLINTA+ and lesbian visibility, trans and people of colour, and the umbrella theme House of Pride. While all focus topics should be given the same weighting in the first three weeks, this is the last week “House Of Pride” motto, under which all focal points should be united.
Below we have curated a selection of upcoming events. That complete program can be read on the CSD eV website.
religion and spirituality
cross and queer? Religion is often in conflict with queer identities. This was recently clearly demonstrated by the #OutInChurch initiative, in the course of which more than 100 employees of Catholic institutions went public at the beginning of the year and reported about discrimination in the workplace.
However, religious practice and faith can be great sources of strength for people, the CSD association reminds and therefore asks: “How do community members navigate the religion? What offers are there apart from the big religious communities?”
Here the CSD eV becomes a “Bridge and mediator function” and enable interreligious, intercultural and intersectional exchange on the topic. In addition to talks with queer believers, nuns, pastors and imams, panels with atheists and church critics are also planned.
So on July 5th at 8:00 p.m Worship of the “Gay Church Berlin” in the Ev. Twelve Apostles Church congregation organized.
Also in the Schöneberg Apostle Church on July 19 at 8:00 p.m blackboard “Homophobia is a sin – God wants your emancipation” instead of.
On July 22nd at St. Marienkirche in Mitte at 6:00 p.m Multi-religious service with clergy and representatives from Judaism, Christianity and Islam instead of. The Berlin mayor Franziska Giffey and the senator Klaus Lederer are also part of the party.
On July 24th at 2 p.m. can die in the Ibn Rushd Goethe Mosque in Moabit event “Queerness and Islam” the “Contact Point Islam and Diversity” (AID) can be visited.
FLINTA+ Lesbian Visibility
The second focus of Berlin’s Pride Month focuses on women, lesbians, intersex people, trans people and asexual people, in short: FLINTA+. The aim here is to make FLINTA people visible, to strengthen young members of the scene and to promote exchange within the Berlin community.
This includes about “Queer Garden – FLINTA Party”which takes place on July 2nd from 6:00 p.m. in the Festsaal Kreuzberg.
But that too Public viewing at the start of the women’s European Championship on July 6th is one of the main topics. From 6:30 p.m., the English or Austrian team can be cheered on at SchwuZ in Neukölln.
Just two days later, on July 8th, starting at 10:00 p.m. in SO36, the queer feminist solidarity party “March 8th is every day”.
The celebrations can continue straight away on July 23rd: from 9:00 p.m. in the Metropol on Nollendorfplatz with the “Liquid” party the official lesbian pride party instead of.
Trans + POC / People of Color
The third focus of Pride Month will be on the specific challenges of queer, non-white and trans people. Who actually causes which problems and who helps to solve them? The aim is to present scene-defining personalities, to support them in even better networking and to give their stories space. “Whether Latin, Asian, Turkish, Arabic or BPoC – with whom, where and how do people in these LGBTQIA communities celebrate?” asks the CSD association. Care is taken to ensure that all formats are as multilingual as possible.
On July 4th at 6:30 p.m. the workshop “Deconstruct the binary” the non-binary transfeminine activist and artist Stella, in which the limitations of the binary understanding of gender will be addressed and how one can free oneself from it.
July 6th at 5:30 p.m. at the Haubentaucher Outdoor Voguing Ball des “5 elements collective” instead of. On the same day can die in the BKA theater in Neukölln “Golden Gilfs” can be admired.
A day later takes place at Sage Beach “Transtopia” event by and for trans people, which also serve as fundraising for the Transpride. Workshops start at 2:00 p.m., followed by a drag show at 6:00 p.m. and finally a party at 8:00 p.m.
Against hatred, war and discrimination
During the last week, program items will be implemented that are directly related to the demonstration. die too Support for Eastern European Pride will be an issue. For the numerous other events, it is worth taking a closer look at the Pride Month program.
Such is one “Sober Party” without alcohol and drugs for dry and clean community members planned, an HIV-themed evening, fag walks in the neighborhood, self-defense courses for FLINTA people or a workshop by qeerhandicap eV on the subject of disabilities and queer life. For the first time since the pandemic break, the gay and lesbian city festival is taking place again. Under this year’s motto “Equal rights for unequals – worldwide” Regenbodenfonds eV is organizing the event around Nollendorfplatz for the 28th time.
The grand finale will be celebrated on July 23 in the big CSD parade. The bilingual motto: “United in love! Against Hatred, War and Discrimination” calls for, among other things, a norm-critical gender, body and sex education, political measures against hate crime and hate speech against queer people, as well as for queer visibility and diversity in the work context.
In addition, other concrete demands were made by individual groups, such as the demand for a regulation for health insurance companies to cover all costs for trans people or automatic co-motherhood in lesbian partnerships. Of the The full list of demands can be found on the CSD eV website.