How can we continue our activism for the human rights of LGBTI in Germany?
First Germany-wide network meeting of refugee LGBTI activists in Cologne
On December 16th and 17th, refugee LGBTI activists from all over Germany have taken up the invitation of the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany (LSVD) to discuss how to continue their fight for the human rights of LGBTI people within the German context.
LSVD’s Executive Director Klaus Jetz welcomed the participants to the two-day workshop in the organization’s headquarters in Cologne and presented the work of LSVD and its internationally working Hirschfeld Eddy Foundation. Many of the participants had already been active in their home countries, fighting against the oppression of LGBTI people there. Others have begun their activism only after their arrival in Germany in order to improve the situation of LGBTI refugees in the camps and during the asylum process and to create visibility. The 13 participants represented seven nationalities and had come from six different federal states to initiate this new, Germany-wide unique network to give a political voice to LGBTI refugees.