Berlin:- THEY – An Exhibition About Queer Identity đź—“

 

An exhibition about queer identity with the artists:
Amit Elan
Goodyn Green
Iwajla Klinke
Sadie Lee
Camilla Storgaard
Sergio Zevallos

“Only dead fish follow the stream”. This is agreed, but following the stream would certainly be a relief for those who are still forced to swim against the tide. The current drags those who have neither the need nor the necessity to resist. It is a privilege. There are also those who go with it against their will, concealing their differences so as not to be subjected to the judgment of others who, claiming righteousness, condemn them. Hiding, they suppress themselves and miss out on their own existence. Life becomes a knife whose handle is also a blade.

Then there are others, obviously courageous, who disclose themselves regardless. With the risk of being taunted, insulted or rebuffed, they lay themselves bare, knowing that the land can be shared. Continue reading “Berlin:- THEY – An Exhibition About Queer Identity đź—“”

Marriage and the Language of Visibility

A year ago, this utility company advertising poster on a wall in a Berlin U-Bahn station might have been considered “provocative” and pushing a progressive social agenda. Now, it’s showcasing the new normal, as marriage in Germany is no longer defined by gender, and so it follows, neither are families. Fighting bigots for the right to same-sex marriage was about our being able to pitch our wedding reception tent on the enemy’s lawn, and with the law in place…well, now it’s our lawn too. Continue reading “Marriage and the Language of Visibility”

Germany’s Defence Minister Defends LGBT Troops

“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. Continue reading “Germany’s Defence Minister Defends LGBT Troops”

83% of Germans say yes to gay marriage

The vast majority of people in Germany are in favour of same-sex marriage, and the coalition government led by Angela Merkel (who’s against it) is out of step with public opinion.

The latest official survey by the government’s own Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency shows that 83% of the population think gay and lesbian couples deserve marriage equality.  That’s an 18% increase compared to a decade ago. 75% of Germans now support full adoption rights for same-sex couples. Continue reading “83% of Germans say yes to gay marriage”

Kerstin Ott – Not Your Average German Pop Star

Kerstin Ott – who appears as the photographer in the video – isn’t your stereotypical German pop star, freely admitting she’s pretty much the opposite of artists like Helene Fischer; but her song Die Immer Lacht (which she wrote 12 years ago) has been one of the biggest hits so far this year in Germany and Austria, and the video has quickly gathered more than 50 million viewers.

Kerstin, who’s in her early 30s and has been out since she was 17, did a post-school apprenticeship as a painter and decorator, but her new-found success means she’s now a full-time musician. Her follow-up single, released this month, hit the iTunes Top Ten within 24 hours…

(more like this on our companion site That Gay Music Blog)