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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 years in office.

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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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Berlin advocacy group lights ‘Rainbow Flame’ in solidarity with LGBT Russians

| Friday, February 7, 2014
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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.

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Former World Cup player from Germany Thomas Hitzlsperger comes out as gay

| Wednesday, January 8, 2014
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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.

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German president boycotting Olympics over Russia’s human rights violations

| Sunday, December 8, 2013
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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...

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Gay rights advocates: Merkel’s victory a loss for Germany’s LGBT community

| Monday, September 23, 2013
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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.

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German court to rule whether transgender man can be listed as father

| Thursday, September 12, 2013
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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.

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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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German court rules gay couples in civil unions deserve marriage tax breaks

| Thursday, June 6, 2013
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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.

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German court strengthens adoption rights for same-sex couples

| Tuesday, February 19, 2013
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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."

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