Politics

Berlin Celebrates Christopher Street Day

A parade full of color and music in support for the LGBT community of Berlin and around the globe

July 22nd, 2019
Inês Novais, News from Berlin
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On the 27th of July, hundreds of thousands of people will come out to the streets of Berlin to celebrate and stand up for LGBT rights.

The name of the event has been given in memory of the first big uprising of the LGBT community against police assaults in Greenwich Village (New York, USA) on June 27, 1969. This revolt, called the Stonewall Riots, took place in a bar on Christopher Street. In honor of this event, Christopher Street Day was first celebrated in Germany in 1979 in two locations: Bremen and Berlin. Since then, the event has become an annual celebration, and now up to 500,000 people participate in what is now known as the biggest German LGBT “holiday”. Not only is this event a sign of support and pride for the LGBT community’s achievements, but also a push for the fight for diversity and equality for all people, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation.

The parade starts at 12:00 at Kurfürstendamm/Joachimsthaler Straße, passes Wittenbergplatz, Nollendorfplatz, Lützowplatz, Siegessäule, and ends at Brandenburg Gate where a final rally takes place at 17:00.

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