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Berlin’s first openly gay mayor to resign by end of year

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Klaus Wowereit
BERLIN -- Charismatic Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit, whose reputation has taken a beating over struggles in the construction of the German capital's new international airport, said Tuesday he will step down by the end of the year. Wowereit told reporters he would resign Dec. 11 after more than 13 [...]

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Graveyard exclusively for lesbians being inaugurated in historic Berlin cemetery

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Markus Schreiber, APA view to the new designed part of the Georgen Parochial Cemetery in central district Mitte of Berlin that will be designation for lesbians only.
BERLIN -- A new burial area for lesbians only is being inaugurated this weekend in a two-century-old cemetery in the German capital. [...]

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Obama urges international community to embrace LGBT equality in Berlin speech

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Michael Kappeler, AP/PoolPresident Barack Obama and German chancellor Angela Merkel wave to spectators before Obama delivers a speech in Berlin on Wednesday.
BERLIN -- President Obama on Wednesday urged the international community to embrace equality and to "stand up for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters." [...]

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Gad Beck, last known gay Jewish survivor of the Holocaust, dies at 89

Monday, June 25, 2012
Gad Beck, with his sister Magot, in an undated photo.
BERLIN -- Gad Beck, a pioneering gay rights activist and educator in a severely anti-homosexual, repressive post-World War II German culture, has died, just six days before his 89th birthday. Beck was believed to be the last known gay Jewish survivor of the Holocaust. [...]

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Canadian porn actor arrested in Berlin for murder, dismemberment of man he once dated

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Magnotta
A Canadian porn actor accused of the grisly murder of a Chinese man studying in Montreal that he once dated, was taken into custody in Berlin Monday, following an international manhunt. [...]

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Berlin’s openly gay mayor re-elected for a third term

Monday, September 19, 2011
Klaus Wowereit
The mayor of the German capital city has been reelected for a third term. Klaus Wowereit, who became the first openly gay leader elected to a German political state office winning his first term as Berlin's mayor in 2001, is known for his populist style of leadership favored by the [...]

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Last believed gay Nazi concentration camp survivor dies at age 98

Friday, August 5, 2011
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BERLIN -- The man thought to be the last remaining gay survivor of the Nazi Holocaust has passed away at the age of 98. Rudolf Brazda had been imprisoned by the Nazi regime for homosexuality and was sent to the Nazis’ Buchenwald concentration camp in August 1942 and held there [...]

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