“When someone feels they can’t come out and suppresses their feelings, they are afraid, and fear paralyses you…They cannot give their best. And we cannot afford that.”
Given her…er…somewhat right wing reputation, some will find it hard to believe that Germany’s Defence Minister, Ursula von der Leyen actually said this earlier this week at a conference about Diversity and LGBT issues in the military. She’s a member of Angela Merkel’s party, the CDU, which – while supporting civil partnerships – has so far refused to allow same-sex marriage in Germany.
In the wake of a sexual bullying scandal at an army base, it was probably politically necessary, but it’s nonetheless welcome in an election year, and against the background of the homophobic posturing of the AfD. And understandably, German LGBTQ rights campaign organisation, Enough is Enough made her statement their “Quote of the Day”.