Topics :: Germany

Countdown to Carnival in Düsseldorf

By Matthew Wexler | Monday Feb 24, 2014
Break out your heels - Düsseldorf is getting ready to host its annual Carnival weekend, featuring its infamous drag race on the streets of this German town that rings in the revelry with a weekend packed with gay adventures.

EU Grants Bavarian Pretzel Protected Status

Sunday Feb 23, 2014
A twisted piece of dough has been elevated to cultural icon status by the European Union, which has added the Bavarian pretzel to its "protected origins" list.

German Officials Faulted Over ’Sexual Diversity’

Friday Jan 10, 2014
Germany’s Roman Catholic and Lutheran churches are criticizing a regional government’s plan to introduce "acceptance of sexual diversity" to school curricula.

Neureuther Wins Slalom, Criticizes Russian Anti-Gay Laws

Wednesday Jan 8, 2014
German skier Felix Neueuther announce himself as a medal contender for the Sochi Olympics and used the spotlight to announce his opposition to Russia’s human rights record and recent gay "propaganda" law.

EU Commissioner to Boycott Winter Olympics

By Jason St. Amand | Tuesday Dec 10, 2013
European Union commissioner Viviane Reding announced on Tuesday that she will not attend the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in February because of the country’s anti-gay law.

German Far-Right Politician Convicted Over CDs

Wednesday Dec 4, 2013
A German court has given a senior member of the country’s main far-right party a suspended eight-month prison sentence for selling CDs whose content glorified Nazism and incited violence.

Germany: Parents Can Pick Babies’ Gender on Birth Certificates

By Jason St. Amand | Thursday Oct 31, 2013
Germany will become the first country in the world that grants parents rights to choose their baby’s gender on the newborn’s birth certificate.

German Court Grants Gay Unions Marriage Tax Breaks

By Juergen Baetz | Thursday Jun 6, 2013
Gay rights campaigners won a victory over the German government Thursday as the country’s top court ruled that homosexual couples in civil unions should receive the same tax benefits as heterosexual married couples.

German Court Strengthens Gay Adoption Rights

By Geir Moulson | Tuesday Feb 19, 2013
Germany’s highest court strengthened gay couples’ adoption rights in a ruling Tuesday that the country’s justice minister greeted as "a historic step."

48 Hours in Berlin: Sleep Not Included

By Matthew Wexler | Tuesday Jan 22, 2013
Sweets, sausages and sunrises conspire for an action-packed getaway to one of Europe’s most vibrant cities.