150,000 people march for LGBTQ rights in Berlin

About 150,000 people marched for LGBTQ rights at the annual Christopher Street Day celebrations in Berlin, commemorating this year’s march themed “United in Love”.

Klaus Lederer, Berlin’s deputy mayor and senator for culture and Europe, said in his opening remarks that Berlin must be a “safe haven” for LGBTQ individuals facing repression at home.

“For all the countries where being gay is still an offense worthy of punishment… Berlin must be a city of freedom,” he said.

German political institutions have shown their support for the LGBTQ community.

Participants wearing the colors of Ukraine attend the annual pride march in the German capital Berlin (dpa via AP) (AP)

For a historic first, both the German Bundestag and the chancellor flew rainbow flags to mark the occasion.

Saturday’s parade was the first time since before the coronavirus pandemic that the annual celebration was conducted without major restrictions.

Last year, about 65,000 people attended the march between social distancing rules and the alcohol ban.

In 2020, the parade was canceled entirely due to the pandemic.

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