Germany, Europe

Germany has become one of the most progressive European nations on the issue of gay rights. Homosexuality was legalized in 1969. The age of consent is now 16 for female-female, male-male and female-male activity. Homosexuals are not banned from military service. In the field of employment, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity is illegal throughout Germany. The country was the first in the world to include "gender identity" nationally in anti-discrimination laws. There is legal recognition of same-sex couples. Registered life partnerships (effectively, a form of civil union) have been instituted since 2001, giving same-sex couples rights and obligations in areas such as inheritance, alimony, health insurance, immigration and name change. In 2004, this act was amended to also give registered same-sex couples adoption rights (stepchild adoption only), as well as reform previously cumbersome dissolution procedures with regard to division of property and alimony--but do not enjoy the tax benefits of marriage. Berlin's mayor Klaus Wowereit is openly gay.



Gay Germany News & Reports 2011

1 Modern gay rights movement born in 19th century Germany 3/11 2 New memorial to gay holocaust victims to be built in Munich 5/11 3 Rudolf Brazda, Last Gay Nazi Death Camp Survivor, Dies 8/11 4 Berlin’s Gay Mayor Klaus Wowereit Elected To Third Term 9/11 1 March 2011 – Fridae 1 Modern gay rights… Read more »

Gay Germany News & Reports 2010

1 Berlin – The Queer Capital 4/10 2 German court – gay man’s foreign marriage must is a partnership 6/10 2a Germany: Israelis, Iranians march together 7/10 3 Thousands celebrate Berlin’s gay pride parade 7/10 4 German government ‘ignoring gay youths’ needs,’ says Green MP 7/10 4a Cologne vies for title of Germany’s gayest city… Read more »

Gay Germany News & Reports 2007-09

1 German Boy Is Youngest Transsexual At 12 Years Old 1/07 2 From: YazBerlin 5/07 3 German Parliament Protests after Moscow Pride 6/07 4 Berlin memorial to persecuted gays 6/07 5 New documents reveal extent of Nazi persecution of gays 7/07 6 More Germans Respect Lesbian TV Host After Coming Out 11/07 7 Gay Nursing… Read more »

Gay Germany News & Reports 2003-06

1 German TV set to screen gay Blind Date 1/03 2 TheMusical Boys (Canadian) of Germany 3/03 3 Eastern gays seek Berlin refuge–including many Russians 5/03 4 Germany plans memorial to gay victims of Nazis 7/03 5 German gays condemn Vatican 8/03 6 Catholic parish pays up for cancelling gay wedding 8/03 7 Gay Nazi… Read more »

Gay Germany News & Reports 2000-02

1 German Apology to Gays for Nazis 12/00 2 German Army Issues New Rules for Sex Attitudes 1/01 3 Half a million join Berlin homosexual parade 6/01 4 Paris and Berlin Gay Mayors Celebrate Gay Pride 6/01 5 Documentary unveils Nazi brutalization of gays 7/01 6 German Gays to Exchange Vows 8/01 7 Did gay… Read more »