Berlin Pride returns after two years

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One of the most well-known LGBTIQ events in the world, Christopher Street Day (CSD), was held in Berlin last week after two years of restrictions imposed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

According to the police, 150,000 people attended the parade which started with a rally and a shower of confetti at Spittelmarkt in Berlin’s Mitte district, reports DW.

Mayor of Berlin Franziska Giffey stated on social media: ‘’Berlin attracts diverse people from all over the world and also has one of the largest LGBTI communities in Europe. This colorful diversity enriches Berlin.’’

‘’All Berliners should live a fulfilled and free life – no matter how they live and who they love. That is what we are working for,’’ she continued.

In honor of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community, the Bundestag, Germany’s federal parliament, also flew the rainbow flag for the first time on Saturday.

The Mayor of the German capital stated that members of the LGBTIQ community continue to face discrimination or even physical violence in their everyday lives. 

‘’We must therefore resolutely oppose hatred and exclusion. I would like to encourage all citizens not to ignore such behavior – but to take a clear stance against it,’’ Mayor Giffey stated.

She also stressed that the Berlin state government had decided on programs and objectives to further support the LGBTI community in the future and to persistently fight discrimination. (photo credit: Raphael Renter/Unsplash)