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Berlin, 17.05.2013

On the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (17 May) - Hertha BSC joins the Berlin Tolerance Alliance – Cutting a Rainbow Cake at the Olympic Stadium

On 17 May, at 10am, Hertha BSC was handed its certificate for joining the Berlin Tolerance Alliance. Hertha’ s Vice-president Thorsten Manske and Captain Peter Niemeyer received the certificate at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium. The Alliance now has 114 members, including Hertha BSC.

17 May 2013: Hertha BSC receives its certificate for joining the Berlin Tolerance Alliance in a hand-over ceremony at the Olympic Stadium. Pictured, from left to right, are MANEO’s Project Director Bastian Finke, Hertha BSC Captain Peter Niemeyer and Vice- president of Hertha BSC Thorsten Manske. Photo © MANEO17 May 2013: Hertha BSC receives its certificate for joining the Berlin Tolerance Alliance in a hand-over ceremony at the Olympic Stadium. Pictured, from left to right, are MANEO’s Project Director Bastian Finke, Hertha BSC Captain Peter Niemeyer and Vice- president of Hertha BSC Thorsten Manske. Photo © MANEO

The certificate was handed over in the presence of Berlin State Parliament members Stefan Evers (CDU) and Thomas Birk (The Greens), MANEO advisory council members Lala Süsskind and Marcus Urban, as well as Tanja Walther-Ahrens, member of the DFB’s Sustainability Commission and Gert Eiserbeck from Hertha-Junxx.

MANEO has been developing a broad-based gay-straight alliance via the Berlin Tolerance Alliance since 2009. Working together, its members adopt an open and visible approach to promoting activities and initiatives that advocate social diversity and tolerance and campaign against homophobia and hate violence, and all forms of hate violence. Alliance members in- clude all of Berlin’s main LGBT events, the Völklinger Kreis, Bruno Gmünder publishing house, the Berliner Clubcommission, Cine plus, Edition Salzgeber, the Jewish Community in Berlin, the Choral Society of the Evangelical Church in Berlin-Brandenburg, Berlin Police, Berlin Tourism, the Friedrichstadtpalast and hotels such as Park Inn by Radisson and the Hotel Espla- nade.

Cutting the Rainbow Cake at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium

Catering‘s Best from the InterContinental Hotel Berlin baked another Rainbow Cake to mark the hand-over of the certificate. The first Rainbow Cake had already been cut at 8.30am in the hotel in Budapester
Straße.

The Kiss Kiss Berlin Rainbow Cake initiative was launched as part of MANEO’s seventh series of events to mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Supporters of the initiative included Pink Pillow, a Visit Berlin working group, more 20 Berlin hotels, the BioCompany and its outlets in Berlin, which, alongside the Kondi- torei Tillmann, was the first citywide company to take part in Kiss Kiss Berlin, and cafés such as MORE in the Schöneberg rainbow neighbourhood.

Participants in the Kiss Kiss Berlin Rainbow Cake initiative mounted a visible campaign for a city of diversity and tol- erance and at the same time against homophobia, tran- sphobia and hate violence, and any form of prejudice- motivated violence.

 

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