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First Gay Pride (CSD) in Berlin in the Era of “Marriage for Everyone”
(Blogmensgo, gay blog of July 27, 2017) Last Saturday, July 22, 2017, Berlin celebrated the 39th edition of its Gay Pride, or called CSD (for Christopher Street Day). It was almost completely under the banner of the new law on “marriage for everyone,” which had recently been enacted by both chambers of the Bundestag and signed by president Frank-Walter Steinmeier on the day before the parade (Friday, July 21st).
The following video is a “best of” with some of the nicest impressions of the CSD in Berlin:
Unfortunately, the weather did not really cooperate with the festivities. Nevertheless, the many hundreds of thousands of participants had lots of fun despite the rain, heavy thunderstorms and strong winds.
On the floats, by foot in the parade or as a spectator on the side of the streets – the crowds everywhere became part of the extensive party and fun celebrating marriage for everyone. The main theme of this year was not forgotten however: The fight against homophobic parties and movements of the extreme right.
Most of all, Gay Pride (CSD) in Berlin was once again a big party for all participants. According to a survey conducted during CSD 2016, no less than 42% of the participants identify as straight and only about 36% as gay or lesbian.
Many posters and banners pointed to the extremely difficult situation of LGBT people in many countries or regions of the world and claimed stronger international mobilization.
Here is a video clip of CSD Berlin 2017, accompanied by electro music:
And finally, a video of the parade from another spot but with original sound track:
CSD (Gay Pride) Berlin 2018: Under preparation already
[Update of October 10, 2017.] On Saturday, July 28, 2018, the CSD Berlin with its parade will be held for the 40th time.
The hashtag of the CSD 2018 is already active: #CSDBerlin40. The winner slogan for the 40th edition of CSD Berlin was selected from a total of 30 suggestions that were then condensed to a shortlist of 18 nominations:
Mein Körper – meine Identität – mein Leben! My Body – My Identity!
At first glance, this slogan seems to just refer to trans- and intersexual people but we may certainly understand it in a larger sense: For people who have special health needs (HIV/AIDS, gender-assigning surgeries etc.) or people who are discriminated (forced psychiatric treatment of transsexuals), LGBT people of color, refugees and others.
We may even look further and consider the sexual relations of LGBTQI people (choice of partner), social affiliation with specific groups, looks, gender identity, family, place of residence, household members etc. It is therefore a very comprehensive slogan.
Although marriage for all has now come into effect in Germany, this slogan makes clear that more problems of gays, lesbians, bi-, trans- and intersexual people remain to be solved: There is still homophobia (frequently associated with violence and discrimination), a still very heteronormative society and a lack of inclusion.
The slogan in black letters on a bright pink background and with a clenched fist – clear, to the point and very meaningful.