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Berlin, 03.10.2012

Award ceremony in Warsaw - Presentation of the European Tolerantia Prize 2012 – among the winners Colognes Mayoress Elfi Scho-Antwerpes

The European Tolerantia Prize has been awarded for the seventh time. Prize winners and sponsors met at the Austrian Culture Forum in Warsaw on September 29. MANEO (Germany), SOS- Homophobie (France) and Lambda Warszawa and KPH (Poland) award the community prize to outstanding people and projects rendering exemplary services in their countries.

Photo (from left to right): Dorota Bregin (chair of Lambda Warszawa), Agata Chaber (chair of KPH – Campaign Against Homophobia), Marta Kosińska (Bez Tabu), Bastian Finke (project manager of MANEO), Katarzyna Dułak (Bez Tabu), Karolina Malczyk-Rokicińska, vice-director of the Centre for Social Communication (Warsaw City Council), Dr. Katarzyna Bojarska and Alen Popovic (AIDS-Hilfe Cologne), Elfi Scho-Antwerpes (mayor of Cologne), Markus Danuser (KLuST), Elisabeth Ronzier (chair of SOS-Homophobie), Véronique Eledut and Piotr Guział (mayor of Warsaw-Ursynów district), Viviane Thoueille (teacher at Lycée JB Corot).Photo (from left to right): Dorota Bregin (chair of Lambda Warszawa), Agata Chaber (chair of KPH – Campaign Against Homophobia), Marta Kosińska (Bez Tabu), Bastian Finke (project manager of MANEO), Katarzyna Dułak (Bez Tabu), Karolina Malczyk-Rokicińska, vice-director of the Centre for Social Communication (Warsaw City Council), Dr. Katarzyna Bojarska and Alen Popovic (AIDS-Hilfe Cologne), Elfi Scho-Antwerpes (mayor of Cologne), Markus Danuser (KLuST), Elisabeth Ronzier (chair of SOS-Homophobie), Véronique Eledut and Piotr Guział (mayor of Warsaw-Ursynów district), Viviane Thoueille (teacher at Lycée JB Corot).

This year, the organisations from Germany, Poland and France honoured Elfi Scho-Antwerpes, mayor of Cologne; Dr. Katarzyna Bojarska and the “BezTabu” (EN: “no taboo”) advice centre for psychosexual health in Danzig; and Véronique Eledut, teacher at the Lycée JB Corot grammar school in Paris. The award ceremony was a gala event with around 100 guests, including Karolina Malczyk-Rokicińska, vicedirector of the Centre for Social Communication at Warsaw City Council; mayor of Warsaw-Ursynów district Piotr Guział – the first district mayor to raise a rainbow flag over a district town hall in the Polish capital; and Niels von Redecker from the German Embassy in Warsaw.

The Tolerantia Prize has been awarded since 2006 by an alliance of nationally active and recog- nised gay and LGBT anti-violence projects in Europe. The organisations are committed to tackling homophobia and hate violence in their countries as well as promoting diversity and tolerance. They also co-operate at a European level. Current members of the alliance are MANEO (Ger- many), SOS-Homophobie (France), and Lambda Warszawa and KPH – Kampania Przeciw Ho- mofobii (Poland). The founding principles of this Berlin Alliance Against Homophobia are contained in the jointly signed Tolerance Declaration.

Receiving the accolade, Elfi Scho-Antwerpes said:

“I am very proud to receive this award. The prize will have a very special place on my desk. I will tell everyone who asks me about it what the prize stands for and I will point out that we in Ger- many and Europe still have a lot to do. We need many partners to join our alliance and help us campaign for tolerant and respectful togetherness.”

 

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