Marriage for all

Heute ist es so weit. Der deutsche Bundestag hat heute beschlossen, that “Ehe für allekommt. Than 23. Staat der Erde sind gleichgeschlechtliche Ehen legalisiert worden:

With 623 abgegebenen Stimmen sprach sich eine Mehrheit von 393 Abgeordneten für eine völlige rechtliche Gleichstellung homosexueller Paare aus. 226 Parlamentarier stimmten mit Nein, vier enthielten sich.

48 Jahre nach StonewallHat lange gedauert.

Ich freue mich für Euch alle. Für diejenigen die gekämpft haben, für diejenigen die nun heíraten können und für diejenigen, die es zumindest könnten, wenn sie wollten.

And yes, ich denke auch, dass ein großer Dank an die die Grünen gehen sollte. Volker Beck, clear.

Ich würde da aber auch noch Farid Müller aber auch Lutz Kretschmann (SPD) würdigen wollen. Sie haben dafür gekämpft, dass bereits vor 18 Jahren der Hamburger rot/grüne Senat ein Gesetz beschloss, dass es erstmals in Deutschland ermöglichte, dass erstmals gleichgeschlechtliche Partnerschaften eingetragen werden konnten.

This “Hamburger marriage” ist zwar weit von dem entfernt, was heute beschlossen wurde, aber war damals weit weniger Konsens als heute und so der erste große politische Baustein zur Enntscheidung von heute und so unerhört, dass aus Bayern sogar die Aussage kam, “man könne ja auch gleich einen Pakt mit dem Teufel eingehen.

Ich als eigentlich unbeteiligte Person habe spätestens vor 9 Jahren beim Festakt 10 Years Hamburger marriage determined, dass mir das ein Anliegen sein muss. Damals erzählte eines der ersten Paare der Hamburger Ehe von Ihrer Zeit damals. Unerhört, dass zwei Männer offen zusammenlebten. Und unerhört toll, dass sie dann ihre Partnerschaft manifestieren konnten. Das war zutiefst bewegend.

Dass ich in der Folge im Regenbogenoutfit auf dem CSDs dieser Nation auftauchte war daher auch viel mehr als nur der Kampf für das beste Bild sondern tatsächlich als ein Statement zu verstehen. Ich hasse Ungerechtigkeit zutiefst.

And, wenn die Welt in den letzten Jahren gefühlt viel rauher wurde ist es toll, that it 18 Jahre später keineEintragung einer gleichgeschlechtlichen Partnerschaftmehr braucht sondern, each(r) der es will tatsächlich heiraten kann.

Ich freue mich für Euch.

Dass damit nun aber noch lange nicht alles erledigt ist, zeigt die Welt seit zu vielen Jahren, in der das Rad in vielen Ländern zurückgedreht wird. Aber nun kann man aus Deutschland mit einem wirklichen Zeigefinger auf Länder wie Russland, Poland, oder nach Afrika zeigen.

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And, I know, es ist Werbung, es ist so geplant und ich lasse mich instrumentalisieren. Aber das habe ich schon schlimmer.

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Björn Borgja der Tennisspieler hat eine Modemarke, die morgen ihren Shop in Russisch eröffnet. Dafür machen sie Werbung in der größten englischsprachigen Russischen Tageszeitung, der Moscow Times auf Seite 3 mit folgender Anzeige.

Wer wird da nun verhaftet, der Chefredakteur der Tageszeitung oder Björn Borg, wenn er mal wieder nach Russland einreisen will.

Enough is Enough – Demonstration against homophobia – not only in Russia

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What a powerful message. From a small demonstration, the 7 Have registered individuals, has become an incredibly powerful symbol. Nobody knows in detail, how many people were on the streets on Saturday. Between 4.000 and 10.000 say the estimates – The truth probably lies somewhere in between. But it's also completely irrelevant, if at the end 4,6,8 or 10.000 People were there. Even there were a hell of a lot.

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The flag came directly from Moscow

And they were there to demonstrate. The CSDs are of course still a demonstration, but of course also a party behind and on trucks, Frolic, Joy and struggle for the perfect image. In addition, most of the estimated numbers at the final concert for CSDs is because, for street party or standing on the edge. I'm not at all sure, whether on the Berlin CSD were actually more people on the street – But this Saturday were all there to demonstrate.

The logo of the Green Party was folded at the request of the organizers.

The logo of the Green Party was folded at the request of the organizers.

And – did not feel recognized. While there have been anecdotal banners from LSVD, the green or rainbow flags with the symbol of the Left, but in the back row and not dominant. On the other hand was the dominant rainbow flags. rumored they were in the last week sold out in all of Berlin and honestly, I think the, because so many rainbow on a pile it will probably have rarely been in a heap. True to the motto:

All Berlin a rainbow

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The organizers had, as they began the planning 200, 300, maybe 500 expected. But then the whole has taken such a drive and rolled over all. I'm not sure, if you really do not passed the info about the demo, if one is not somehow in the scene, but the major products in the world, I've noticed as well, as the interview at Radio Fritz in the early morning immediately after waking. When I saw and heard good weather, I knew, It is a good day.

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I got ready, took my old Rainbow CSD outfit out of the closet, hung back, the wing, because it was not about the photo but the colors, put me in the car and drove toward the Russian Embassy in Linden, which at the time was still completely un-locked. The following symbolic photo was granted to me and therefore it would not have been at the end of the demo.

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Interesting side story: this image was made by two tourists, I met outside the embassy and begged. It then turned out, that there were in fact Russians, I invited the, to ride with me in the taxi to demonstrate – and the like came along. Ergo: It does not have all the Russians have a problem with us.

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Arrived at the demo showed up pretty quickly, it would be well, anywhere Rainbow, Posters, Slogans. A great picture, that is hopefully arrived at the right people, could, for example, even if the evening news or mirror it online under the table. what can you do. I definitely many, seen many people, which were taken and all the time always wrestled with the tears.

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I myself was one of them actually. Tears of suffering are almost alien to me. Not tears of emotion. And at the very end as the demo with “Somewhere over the rainbow ended, it also recognized me. Otherwise, I had more of a smile festgetackertes, when I was waiting somewhere and could not see the front and rear end.

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Of course at the end did the feet hurt, and of course I would have liked a little less road, but I see the symbolism of the old CSD distance from Kurfürstendamm via Schöneberg, Potsdamer Platz and the Brandenburg Gate to the Russian Embassy. In this respect “all right” and a great compliment, that it has come to this demonstration. To all. to the organizers, the police and certainly anyone in any regulatory agencies or such. Toll!

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To the large end of the message before this was indeed locked properly, but unfortunately this is probably normal, draw when several thousand people to a message. Itself, if this has a completely peaceful nature.

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The closing ceremony was also great. Russian human rights activists and, , seized on a TV show with his opinion about the Russian laws, Russian TV, and winter and some more.James Kirchick russian

A difficult position, however, had the Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office Markus Loening. The anger and despair sat on many deep and he had to pay for. Here it is actually hardly blame. His office is a little of the Federal President. He may Dunning and talk but little decision-making power has or. Competencies. But he was there – and he represented the Federal Government.

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The Highlite but, there was talk of co-organizer Alfonso Pantisano. 16 minutes, you should listen to views.

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Clear, There were also a few things, did not run so, But these were all minor, which did not fall to be compared with the great organization and the great characters in the world. The whole ended with grave candles in front of the embassy, filed with rainbow flags and with a good sense of emotion to Judy Garland's version of “Over the Rainbow”.

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Next Saturday then you can kiss Add to meet again at the Russian Embassy.

But a story needs to be told. The history of the flag, at the top of this article, which unfortunately I can only play very incomplete.

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This flag has seen much

I noticed this very battered rainbow flag in the demo. Dirty, torn, covered in blood and I wondered, what it probably would have to be. ..so I asked the carrier. He was Russian and could only communicate with me broken. But he told me, that this flag is not art. She was genuine and came directly from Moscow. She was at various demonstrations in Moscow and it looks like, BECAUSE she was going. Was dragged to her, People, they wore were beaten and jailed. But the flag is still in the process.

Although battered but not destroyed. …and it blows still defiantly and proudly wearing their colors in the wind. yesterday in Berlin.

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For me, the symbol of the demo.

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The last few years have opened up a large pair of scissors, what the rights of the entire queer community – probably the better communities – As for. While some countries have made great progress, other countries have turned back the wheel in the direction of Stone Age. In Europe, Russia hovered just as extreme in the wrong direction – which it is believed to overcome long. Time for a political Gaypride.

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The Berlin CSD was therefore also a political slogan, the officially “No more speeches” was called. Unofficially the motto was rather “With all due respect Mr Putin, they are an asshole” and Berlin CSD was a big statement on the situation in Russia. As the first truck led a Russian truck, the GMF Cart devoted himself entirely Ivan the Terrible Herrn Putin, Whether sah massig Plakate, Slogans and banners against the situation in the Russian Federation and heard everywhere languages, were more likely attributable to the Eastern Bloc.

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Berlin is probably the easternmost CSD probably now, which provides a certain size AND safety. And he certainly echoes the east as before Rias. Will it interest Putin, no of course not. It is interested in Eastern visitors, And, of course, queer people will be interested in the countries, I think so. The Berlin CSD shows, that the wheel-turning-back promotions are not God-given, but, that there is another way. Here you can be open to a move CSD – and you can even celebrate, and celebrate with the people around them. The CSD celebrates 44 Stonewall years, much attained and demonstrated against all the negative tendencies.

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And, I admit, I had not really affected as not on the screen, that even in Germany itself Berlin in terms of acceptance is not gold, that shines on the CSD. That means everything together and makes affected only: the CSD is as important as ever, probably even more important than in the past 5-10 Years. So let us demonstrate and celebrate… and in both I'm here with a full heart.

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So we come to Feierei… But I'm so glued weeks, take me to tinker on one day a banner saying. If you want to celebrate, then I will also shine. I could say pompously, “with my costume I wanted to hold a mirror up to the motto of the policy” but far, I just wanted to look dazzling and it worked, it was a sunny day and I reflected perfectly the sun's rays and saw my reflected solar radiation to passersby and houses along the route.

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Not really on the screen I had the weight of the dress. It went so far, I had to ask my neighbor to help getting dressed neighborhood. Holding up and close at the same time… almost impossible. No matter, they helped me and I could heave gently in the car… but realized it already, that is a difficult box. For safety reasons, therefore, I parked my car about halfway and went by taxi to the starting point.

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As might be expected, was there at the time already Tatjana Taft Medusa in her outfit…. Hmmmm the attentive CSD visitors like me, is the best known being evil… Okay, they explained to me. The actual costume was not ready and this would have never been born in berlin. Oh, the actual costume is not done yet? Something happened that even professionals like Tatjana. Is there a something almost happy.

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Tatjana Taft

Meanwhile, I also know, mirror that she had also been in a costume idea, but because it has the weight of discarded… So she was smarter than me … and I had to live with it. Until everything went quite well, I was well, playing with my disco ball and interested enough photographer. Kostüm kommt an. Tick ​​it.

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With further distance themselves but showed the costume + Peep-toes was not a good idea. When pressing the first two toes in the Peeptoeschlitz once, can it actually amputating only, it hurts… When you go it's just, but the train stopped often and are looong and then goes not… Sit down? With the dress not a good idea, So endure pain and hope, that the next train leaves soon.

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Always amazing again, how can an irritated and subscribed to the grin of pain bring short term, when a camera creates the. Practiced just. I still managed to always magnificent area around the village square and the Noll Goya, know with the fixed, soon as is my car and I can change.

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When I had almost reached my car, Daphne Daphne asked me AKA Maria Mater d'Or still an obligatory photo, I could, however, bring only very tormented behind me, a genuine smile was not possible until, I had rid myself of shoes – and my dress…. Somewhat sobering, if a dress with the second, that you have just bought the same number of times people say, how great is the, as for other Dress, The man dem Monatelang (well at least for weeks) has tinkered.

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But no matter, From now on, I was in private and in civil here. I was talking with a photographer over the Drags, I looked closer to the green jellyfish on the horizon… and I still say “I get the same trouble, because I have put off the shoes” … Tatiana came closer and it was so. I should kindly write in the blog also, I have changed the shoes and not only, that she has a costume recycled… …After many years CSDs we both know apparently, what to expect from the other person 🙂 Okay, I wrote both… And, I have canceled a CSD for the first time and I will not wear again peeptoes.

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When I was there so standing around and photographed, Diana came, Sheila and Janka past, Unfortunately, the need for much longer, than planned and so very late went into the train. I really wanted to get there again, but an attempt with my shoes showed me, I can abschminken me completely, So I stopped and photographed more.

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Among other things occurred to me while Jessica Spirit before the lens – and I did not recognize. She was in my early days of my absolute idols, like a blog post from 2006 !!! proves, I wrote, after I actually by Sheila ( yes exactly THE Sheila ) was designated as idols… This is 7 Years ago. Surprisingly, sooner Idol, This year I have not even recognize Jessica. So kann es kommen. A few words I would have been happy to change. Well, comes time, wheel comes.

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Jessica Spirit

I definitely went home and welcomed the passing of my house TCSD with hard flagging. And since I just had no rainbow flag at hand, I also just recycled an old outfit CSD short and hung my Rainbow Zönix of the window, to leave before I went to Sheila for grilling at the CSD wonderful day end.

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Flagging hard to TCSD