The US Embassy Celebrating Sports, Pride and Progress

The U.S. Embassy Berlin hosted its largest Pride reception to date

June 25th, 2024
Yixiao Li, News from Berlin
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The U.S. Embassy Berlin hosted its largest Pride reception to date, welcoming nearly 300 members of Germany’s LGBTQI+ community, civil society, government officials, and Pride event organizers from underrepresented regions in Eastern Germany.

The event, co-hosted with the German Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency, effectively leveraged the current sports enthusiasm from Germany’s hosting of the European Football Championship . Key highlights included a keynote speech by Marcus Urban, a gay former professional soccer player and prominent anti-homophobia advocate, who recently launched a national campaign recognizing queer professional athletes. His insights underscored the power of sports in combatting hatred and homophobia. Additionally, the event featured a photo exhibit honoring the 55th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising , marking its designation as a National Historic Monument and highlighting its pivotal role in the LGBTQI+ civil rights movement. Ambassador Gutmann, alongside Marcus Urban and German Federal Commissioner for Anti-Discrimination Ferda Ataman , delivered compelling remarks, reinforcing the administration’s commitment to promoting LGBTQI+ human rights. The event underscored the importance of standing up against discrimination and celebrated the intersection of sports and advocacy in advancing equality.


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