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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.

Graveyard exclusively for lesbians being inaugurated in historic Berlin cemetery

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
BERLIN -- A new burial area for lesbians only is being inaugurated this weekend in a two-century-old cemetery in the German capital. [ Read more → ]
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Berlin advocacy group lights ‘Rainbow Flame’ in solidarity with LGBT Russians

Friday, February 7, 2014
BERLIN -- Gay rights activists in Berlin on Friday cheered and waved placards reading "Stop Homophobia" at the lighting of an Olympic-style '"Rainbow Flame" that will burn for the next 16 days while the Winter Olympic games takes place in Sochi, Russia. [ Read more → ]
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Former World Cup player from Germany Thomas Hitzlsperger comes out as gay

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
BERLIN — A former World Cup player from Germany became the biggest name in soccer to come out as gay, saying he wants to break down the stigma of homosexuality in sports. [ Read more → ]
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German president boycotting Olympics over Russia’s human rights violations

Sunday, December 8, 2013
BERLIN — German President Joachim Gauck is boycotting the Winter Olympics and will not travel to Sochi, Russia next year. Gauck took the decision to protest human rights violations and the harassment of Russian opposition political figures, Der Spiegel reported Sunday. The magazine said the... [ Read more → ]
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Gay rights advocates: Merkel’s victory a loss for Germany’s LGBT community

Monday, September 23, 2013
BERLIN -- Gay rights groups in Germany say Chancellor Angela Merkel's electoral victory could men four more years of stagnation in terms of LGBT rights in the country. [ Read more → ]
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German court to rule whether transgender man can be listed as father

Thursday, September 12, 2013
BERLIN -- A transgender man who gave birth to a baby boy in Germany is fighting to be recognized as the child's father, rather than his mother. [ Read more → ]
Michael Kappeler, AP/PoolPresident Barack Obama and German chancellor Angela Merkel wave to spectators before Obama delivers a speech in Berlin on Wednesday.

Obama urges international community to embrace LGBT equality in Berlin speech

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
BERLIN -- President Obama on Wednesday urged the international community to embrace equality and to "stand up for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters." [ Read more → ]
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German court rules gay couples in civil unions deserve marriage tax breaks

Thursday, June 6, 2013
BERLIN -- Gay rights campaigners won a victory over the German government Thursday as the country's top court ruled that same-sex couples in civil unions should receive the same tax benefits as heterosexual married couples. [ Read more → ]
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German court strengthens adoption rights for same-sex couples

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
BERLIN — Germany's highest court strengthened gay couples' adoption rights in a ruling Tuesday that the country's justice minister greeted as "a historic step." [ Read more → ]
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On marriage, Germany hasn’t evolved beyond seedy beer hall discussions

Saturday, July 14, 2012
Should Heather be allowed to marry Maria, or should John and Tom be allowed to tie the knot? Of course, because same-sex marriage doesn’t harm anyone but brings joy to two people. Unfortunately, Germany – a supposedly progressive country – hasn’t evolved beyond the level of seedy beer hall discussions. We have not yet freed ourselves from old prejudices... [ Read more → ]
Gad Beck, with his sister Magot, in an undated photo.

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

Monday, June 25, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]
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Canadian porn actor arrested in Berlin for murder, dismemberment of man he once dated

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]
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Berlin’s openly gay mayor re-elected for a third term

Monday, September 19, 2011
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 city's citizens. [ Read more → ]
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Last believed gay Nazi concentration camp survivor dies at age 98

Friday, August 5, 2011
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 until its liberation by U.S. forces in 1945. [ Read more → ]
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German doctors claim they have ‘cured’ HIV through blood stem cell transplant

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Doctors in Germany claim they have cured a man who was infected with HIV. Three years after undergoing a blood stem cell transplant, Timothy Ray Brown, 44, an American patient living in Berlin,44, who was both HIV positive and stricken with Leukemia, now shows no sign of either affliction. [ Read more → ]
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Germany’s foreign minister ‘marries’ longtime partner

Saturday, September 18, 2010
Germany's foreign minister Guido Westerwelle has formalized his union with his longtime partner Michael Mronz in a private ceremony in Bonn on Friday, the daily newspaper Bild announced in its Saturday edition. [caption id="attachment_10693" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Westerwelle, left, and Mronz"][/caption] Although only close family were... [ Read more → ]
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