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Gay Berlin Today

Updated on August 8, 2011

In 1989 the Berlin wall came down, thus linking east germany with west germany since its separation in 1961 by the communist German Democratic Republic in the East and also now permitting homosexuality to be legal in east germany.

Today German culture has became very open minded towards gay men and women, germany as a whole is now recognised as gay Mecca because it is normal to see gay couples walking arm in arm, hand in hand and kissing in the streets and parks .

In Berlin a quarter of a million gay and lesbian people live and boasts one of the largest gay prides in Europe with a turn out of 400,000 people each time for thebig

Christopher Street celebrations and Love Parade between June and July.

On the 6th December 2004 the Schwules Museum (gay museum) opened a permanent exhibition on the first floor of premises, of gay history in Germany, this was only made possible by a generous bequest from Professor Dr. Christian, Adolf Isemeyer.

Now all over germany there gay prides held in cities such as Munich, Frankfurt, Cologne and Berlin and homosexuality is free again in german society with out fear of arrest or imprisonment and with out prejudice.

Berlin has became a holiday hot spot for homosexual people all over the world and boasts some of the best clubs, bars, saunas and scenes that caters for everyone.

The Cabaret scene has returned to Berlin in the Tiergarten with shows galore including one in particular “Cabaret” the stage version of the Oscar winning film from the seventies based upon the works of Christopher Isherwood.On any given day, Berlin has around 250 exhibitions, and more than 400 independent theatre groups also there are 170 museums, 200 art galleries and 150 auditoriums. There is a museum dedicated to the Berlin Wall and if you are an art lover and interested in the Berlin Wall, Berlin has the largest open air art exhibition in the world known only as theEast Side Gallery which is an exhibition of art painted onto the last remains of the Berlin wall and attracts thousands of tourists every day.


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    • calpol25 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      I am glad that you enjoyed my article..

      I have others that will be of help with anwering those questions

      Thanks for posting and I hope that these help too.

      Calpol 25

    • platinumOwl4 profile image


      7 years ago

      I found this article interesting, in the following respect, what was the outlook of a gay person prior to the wall coming down? how were they treated during the Nazi era?

    • calpol25 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      I think I did too live there in a previous life, Berlin is beautiful and so familiar to me yet had never been before in my life so when I wentI fell in love with the city when I was there in December and I got to tell you that you should go and visit there is something for everyone.

    • d.william profile image


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Good article. I have always been fascinated with Germany. Probably lived there in one of my past lives. If i were 20 years younger i would visit there based on you article. Thanks for sharing this info.

    • emdi profile image


      7 years ago

      What you said is very correct. I had seen a lots of gays and lesbians in Berlin. Btw, I also read that the city mayor is a gay.

      However,I don't see anything special in having gays around. They are just like other men, just their brain architecture is a bit different than others. Medical science don't consider that as a disease.

      I hope society will accept gays as they are and help them live a normal life.

      I have few hubs on it, check that out with a open mind.


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