Monday, June 18, 2012

Preview/Vorschau der Christopher Street Day: Stadtfest Motzstraßenviertel

June is LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) month. In Berlin, Gay Pride celebrations are taken seriously. Earlier this month, Berlin's Mayor Klaus Wowereit officially unfurled the Pride flag near the Memorial to Homosexual Victims of Nazi Persecution.
Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit (L)
and his partner Jörn Kubicki (R)

This past weekend, festivities got underway with the Lesbisch-Schwulen Stadtfest (Lesbian and Gay Street Festival) near Motzstraße. Luckily, the weather was cooperative for Berliners to take part in it. 

Next weekend is Christopher Street Day (CSD), the biggest gay pride event in Europe. Last year, over 500,000 people took to streets of Berlin. CSD is held each year to commemorate the first gay uprising. On June 27, 1969, Gay's openly defied the New York City Police during a raid at a neighborhood gay bar.

This year, for the first time, the USA Embassy is participating at CSD. (Listen to Hilary Clinton's Pride message.) 

BTW: Here's a video clip of die Rosacavaliere, a gay men's chorus that participated at this year's Street Festival. They're singing Badehose (the bathing trunks), a 1952 children song from East Germany. It's a catchy tune.  

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