Tag Archive | Germany

ANALYSIS-German election seen paving way for trans rights

ANALYSIS-German election seen paving way for trans rights

The victory of Germany’s Social Democrats and the election of the country’s first openly transgender lawmakers has buoyed LGBT+ activists’ hopes for gains on trans rights after scant progress during Angela Merkel’s 16 years as chancellor. Two Greens party candidates, Tessa Ganserer and Nyke Slawik, made history by winning Bundestag seats in Sunday’s election as […]

Germany: First trans candidate for Bundestag targets hypocrisy

Germany: First trans candidate for Bundestag targets hypocrisy

(Reuters) – As the first transgender candidate for Germany’s parliament, Tessa Ganserer doesn’t mince words, when it comes to identifying those responsible for the legislative prejudice that she believes LGBT+ voters face. “That kind of hypocritical show of tolerance just stinks,” she tells Reuters, referring to the Conservative lawmakers she accuses of blocking pro-LGBT+ reforms […]

Germany to ease rules on gay and bisexual men donating blood

Germany to ease rules on gay and bisexual men donating blood

Germany is to relax a ban requiring gay and bisexual men to abstain from sex for a year before donating blood, as the coronavirus crisis ramps up pressure on global supplies. Men in monogamous same-sex relationships will face no restrictions when donating blood, according to a new risk assessment by the health ministry and the […]

Germany: Lawmakers back compensation for gay soldiers

(Reuters) – German lawmakers voted for legislation on Thursday to rehabilitate soldiers, who for decades faced discrimination, discharge, or convictions, on the basis of their sexual orientation. Until the year 2000, Germany’s military considered that homosexuals posed a threat to the discipline of the troops, and were not suitable as superior officers.

German priests defy Vatican ban, bless same-sex unions

German priests defy Vatican ban, bless same-sex unions

Priests backing Germany’s ‘Liebe Gewinnt’ or ‘Love Wins’ initiative say the Catholic Church is out of touch with its LGBT+ followers. The Catholic Church has lost touch with the “living reality” of LGBT+ people, said one of more than 100 German priests, who are defying the Vatican this week, by blessing same-sex couples. In a […]

Germany: Lesbian mothers demand parenting rights in court

Germany: Lesbian mothers demand parenting rights in court

When Inga celebrated the birth of her first child with her wife Jenny, the last thing she expected in her bid to be recognised as the baby’s second mother was a criminal record check – so she went to court to change the law. In Germany, only the biological mother is legally recognised as a […]

German Catholics against Vatican’s same-sex marriage ruling

German Catholics against Vatican’s same-sex marriage ruling

(Reuters) – Two days after he married his partner of many years, Anselm Bilgri, a former monk, and prior at one of Germany’s most famous monasteries, learned that the Vatican would not bless relationships like his. “For me it was almost funny: I and my partner got married on Friday and then on Monday this […]

Germany bans ‘gay conversion therapy’ for minors

Germany bans ‘gay conversion therapy’ for minors

Germany has banned so-called ‘gay conversion therapy’ for minors, as a growing number of countries review legislation regarding the controversial practice. German lawmakers voted on Thursday to prohibit so-called ‘conversion therapies’ for anyone aged under 18, but stopped short of an outright ban, with advertising or offering treatment carrying fines of 30,000 Euros, or up […]

IKEA and Microsoft urge Germany to relax gay blood ban

IKEA and Microsoft urge Germany to relax gay blood ban

A group of 13 companies, including IKEA and Microsoft, have called on the German government to relax a ban requiring gay and bisexual men to abstain from sex for a year before donating blood, as the coronavirus crisis puts pressure on supplies. The companies, which also included software group, SAP, and train operator, Deutsche Bahn, […]

Germany: Health minister submits law to ban conversion therapy

Germany: Health minister submits law to ban conversion therapy

Germany’s health minister submitted a draft law to ban so-called conversion therapy for minors on Monday, as a global movement, to end discredited practices aiming to change a person’s gender identity, or sexual orientation, gathers pace. The bill proposed by Jens Spahn, who is openly gay, would punish those carrying out conversion therapy on under-18s, […]