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Berlin, 14.05.2013

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

A personal greeting from the Governing Mayor of Berlin Klaus Wowereit to MANEO on the occa- sion of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia:

Governing Mayor of Berlin Klaus Wowereit, Klaus Wowereit, Photo: Senatskanzlei BerlinGoverning Mayor of Berlin Klaus Wowereit, Klaus Wowereit, Photo: Senatskanzlei Berlin

 “Live self-confidence and solidarity in everyday life”

Whoever incites hatred against gay, lesbian and transgender people is attacking the foundations of freedom, tolerance and cosmopolitanism.

In a personal greeting from the Governing Mayor of Berlin to MANEO on the occasion of the In- ternational Day Against Homophobia, Klaus Wowereit says: “Whoever incites hatred against gay, lesbian and transgender people, whoever ostracises social groups or makes them the target of hate and hostilities is attacking the foundations of freedom, tolerance and cosmopolitanism that have become Berlin’s trademark.”

The road to full equality is still a long one, he says. “This is why it is important to live self- confidence and solidarity in everyday life. Young people in particular need support. If you learn from family and friends that being different doesn’t mean being alone, then you can mature into self-confident individuals who can live their sexual orientation like all other people.”

Mr Wowereit recalls the seizure of power by the National Socialists 80 years ago. The prosecu- tion and ostracising of homosexuals in Germany continued even after the Nazi era was over. He says progress made is down to communities that haven’t hidden themselves away but shown their true faces and their rainbow flags. “With this in mind, I would be very happy to see lots of people taking part in the International Day Against Homophobia and demonstrating against dis- crimination and violence against gay and lesbian people. My thanks go to all those who are ac- tively involved with MANEO.”

Translation by MANEO.

Read his full greeting in German: www.maneo.de/presse/archiv/year/2013/article/internationaler-tag-gegen-homophobie.html

 

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