Solidarity and Diversity

Solidarity and Diversity

Living in Berlin
SEXUAL SELECTION IS A HUMAN RIGHT Hosted by SUSI Interkulturelles Frauenzentrum On September 16, 2017, a "March for Life" takes place again in Berlin-Mitte. Christian fundamentalists, as well as, right-wing national opponents of the right to sexual self-determination demand the total prohibition of gestational abortions - in Germany and Europe. These forces also stand against a woman's reproductive rights, diversity of life-plans, sexual orientation, and gender identities. They want to take from women the right to choose and other forms of equality. We can not allow this to go unchallenged. That is why we are organizing an action day under the motto "Solidarity and Diversity," which we also use to clarify, provide information and discuss the issue of pregnancy. We call on all the democratic forces, all those who stand for a tolerant society…
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PlanetRomeo is Hiring in Berlin

PlanetRomeo is Hiring in Berlin

Jobs, Living in Berlin
What would it be like to work in a great company whose central purpose is work and happiness? PlanetRomeo - with 2 Million Members Worldwide - is one of the leading Social & Dating Networks for Gay, Bi and Trans. Erasys GmbH handles software development and technical maintenance for the PlanetRomeo online community. MEDIA DESIGNER Berlin, Germany This position is based at Erasys GmbH Berlin, which is responsible for the technical development and maintenance of all PlanetRomeo platforms. We put our greatest asset center stage - our employees and  we are currently looking to fill a full-time Media Designer position with flexible working hours. READ MORE IOS DEVELOPER Berlin, Germany As a highly-skilled member of our young & professional team, you will develop and maintain our iOS app. You will use state-of-the-art…
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Resources and Support for LGBT Refugees

Resources and Support for LGBT Refugees

Living in Berlin
LGBTI refugees are particularly vulnerable - yet so far lacked practical information regarding resources and support. A new brochure offers important information for Queer refugees. The Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany (LSVD) says several incidents of discrimination and physical assaults against gay refugeeshave been reported in the past year. "Berlin officials identified 95 cases in the German capital alone between August and December 2015, mainly in refugee homes," Markus Ulrich, LSVD Resources and Support for LGBT Refugees LGBTI refugees require special protection, and their care represents a particular challenge. Up until now, there has never been available practical recommendations and background information.. LSVD offers a brochure that very well conveys all the information for LGBT members seeking asylum in a clear and easily understandable form. On 20 pages it gives an introduction to the…
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Free Condoms in Berlin

Free Condoms in Berlin

Living in Berlin
A quick trip to the sauna or sex club after work but you don’t have any lube or condoms? No problem: The clubs participating in our safetyforfree campaign have everything ready for you as well as free information on safe sex. Free Condoms in Berlin Safety4Free is a program organized by Deutsche AIDS Hilfe and manCheck offering free condoms at member locations including - Ackerkeller AHA Erotic Party Ajpnia eV Apollo Splash Club Bad Boys Connection CDL Club Club Culture Houze The Boiler Ficken 3000 Fickstutenmarkt Tangible Grosse Freiheit 114 Hustla Ball Kit Kat Club Mutschmanns New Action Barn Steel pipe Greenhouse Sauna XXL Berlin PlaySafePlease  PlaySafePlease is a campaign supporting safe sex that is “close to the hearts of Kim, André, Tino and Christian.” They support us with posters,…
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Berlin Europe’s Third Most Visited City

Berlin Europe’s Third Most Visited City

Living in Berlin
Berlin -- which has surpassed Rome as Europe’s third-most visited city, after London and Paris -- is the fastest growing of the continent’s top 10 destinations. The city’s economy expanded the most of all German states last year after overnight stays from tourists climbed 8.2 percent to 27 million.  Bloomberg News Sept 2014 Berlin Europe’s Third Most Visited City We offer an Insider’s Guide to Gay Berlin.  Just what you needed another gay guide, right? – well, we are a little different.  We are living, working and raising our daughter in Berlin.  Which offers a unique perspective to “Gay” Berlin.  Some days we are a Rainbow Family and other days I am just a very tired dad in soccer mom shoes schlepping from clients to kita to fußball between walking…
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Welcome to Gay Berlin

Welcome to Gay Berlin

Living in Berlin
Berlin has a long history of gay culture and influence on popular entertainment.  According to some authors, in the 1920s the city was the Gay Capital of Europe. Already in 1896, Berlin started the first gay magazine and the first gay demonstration was held in 1922. Nollendorfplatz is a square in the Schöneberg district of Berlin.  The adjacent area in the south around Motzstraße is Berlin's most prominent gay village. It has a long history as being a gay area which dates back to the turn of the 20th century. Within the gay community this part of Berlin is most famous for its leather and darkroom bars. It also plays a little role in the musical Cabaret byJoe Masteroff as the home of some of the characters. Welcome to Gay Berlin Today the city again is the Gay Capital of…
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Paying to Pee

Paying to Pee

Living in Berlin
One of the notable culture shocks when coming to Berlin was the idea of having to pay to pee. Most public rest rooms in Berlin (Germany?) requires some form of payment either up front, on the honor system or an attendant lurking about a dish with a few euros on it. I am not used to having to pay to pee or more appropriately for the convenience of using the W/C for whatever it is I need to do. Think Urinetown - Greg Kotis had the idea for Urinetown while traveling in Europe. A traveling student on a budget, he encountered a pay-per-use toilet - and they rest was history... But I've been here awhile, and I kinda get it. Paying to Pee Case in point, I was returning from…
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How’s Your German?

How’s Your German?

Living in Berlin
Kameruners I have been living and working in Berlin for a little over two years now. Eventually in every conversation I've had in the last few months, someone will ask, "How's your German?" Which causes me to feel apologetic and launch into a "I've been really busy, work is crazy, Emilia runs me ragged, etc." defense. Truth be told, I seem to get along just fine with the little I know - I can order a coffer to go and a Kameruner - and the rest... Well, most folks speak some degree of English. The one exception is bureaucracy.  The German government is very nationalistic and Deutsche is the only option.  Which means convincing a German friend to spend the day with you as you go about your business.  Not…
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Potsdamer Platz Christmas Market Berlin

Potsdamer Platz Christmas Market Berlin

Living in Berlin, Shop
I can't believe the Christmas Markets are open. Potsdamer Platz Christmas Market Berlin Weihnachtsmarkt Berlin A Christmas market, also known as Christkindlmarkt, Christkindlesmarkt, Christkindlmarket, and Weihnachtsmarkt, is a street market associated with the celebration of Christmas during the four weeks of Advent. These markets originated in Germany, Austria, South Tyrol and Alsace but are now being held in many other countries. The history of Christmas markets goes back to the Late Middle Ages in the German-speaking part of Europe. Dresden's Strietzelmarkt was first held in 1434. The Christmas markets of Bautzen (first held in 1384),[1] Frankfurt (first mentioned in 1393) and Munich (1310) were even older. The Vienna "December market" was a kind of forerunner of the Christmas market and dates back to 1294.[2] Christmas Market, From Wikipedia The Winter…
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Ask Geoffrey – über helpful

Living in Berlin
Recently, I went to the local Kaisers (supermarket in Berlin) looking for applesauce.  And while my German is getting better, there was something seriously being lost in the translation.  A very diligent clerk was trying to help, but was thinking I was looking for Apfelsaft (apple juice).  I tried again but to no luck, she shook heard head and said they didn't have it.  Really, no applesauce? A nice fellow German shopper interrupted and told the clerk I wanted Apfelmus.  "Ah, why didn't you say so?" The clerk led down the aisle to the apple sauce. Crisis adverted. It would be nice to have a German friend go with me to act as an intermediary, but probably not very practical. At least not for the German friend. Ask Geoffrey -…
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