Hamburg joined the Rainbow Cities network on Thursday (July 28th) after Katharina Fegebank, Senator for Science, Research and Equality signed the agreement in the senate’s guesthouse. The alliance of 32 cities aims to send a signal for liberalness, tolerance and openness and to make a commitment to equality for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Trans and Intersexual people. Pride Week, which begins on July 30th in Hamburg, stands for sexual freedom and equality.
300,000 visitors expected during Pride Week
Fegebank said: “The network of cities will in future send many political and social impulses that strengthen the belief in self-determined and equal existence in Europe. Vienna, Amsterdam, Madrid, Berlin, Cologne and Munich are also members of the network, she noted.
Around 300,000 people are expected to visit Hamburg during Pride Week from July 30th to August 7th which will be held under the theme “Those who respect people are normal”. The 36th Christopher Street Day (CSD) on August 6th marks the highlight of festivities.
Calls for more tolerance at work
Stefan Mielchen, Chairman of Hamburg Pride e.V., said: “This year’s CSD motto in Hamburg is a serious statement in challenging times. And sadly, it has become more relevant since the terrible killings in Orlando.”
In the run up to Pride Week, Katja Karger, Chairwoman of the Confederation of German Trade Unions (DGB), has stressed the importance of tolerance in companies. She noted: “Unfortunately, far too many lesbians, gays, bisexuals, trans and intersexual people suffer discrimination and deprivation at work. That’s why we need strong ‘diversity management’ that contributes to more openness.”