Gay penguin couple adopt egg at Berlin zoo

By : Mariah Cooper of the washington blade, couretsy of the national lgbt media association
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Skipper and Ping, a same-sex penguin couple, have adopted an egg at Zoo Berlin, the New York Times reports.

The 10-year-old emperor penguins arrived together to Zoo Berlin from a zoo in Hamburg in April. They made it known they were interested in parenthood when they attempted to hatch stones and fish.

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U.S. Embassy in Germany hosts meeting with LGBTI activists

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, photo public domain.

The U.S. Embassy in Germany last week hosted a group of LGBTI rights activists from around the world as part of a Trump administration initiative that encourages countries to decriminalize consensual same-sex sexual relations.

Harvey Milk Foundation President Stuart Milk; Caine Youngman of Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LeGaBiBo); Hadi Damien of Beirut Pride in Lebanon and Hourvash Pourkian of International Women in Power in Germany are among the activists who participated in a July 26 panel that took place at the embassy in Berlin.

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Gay prisoners of Buchenwald remembered at Nazi camp site

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BERLIN (AP) | A ceremony has been held at the former site of Germany’s Buchenwald concentration camp to remember people imprisoned there because they were thought to be gay.

The commemoration on Sunday was part of events in the nearby town of Weimar for Christopher Street Day, Germany’s LGBTQ pride observance.

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Germany to compensate gay men investigated after WWII

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BERLIN (AP) | German authorities on March 13 extended compensation payments to more gay men who were investigated under a law criminalizing homosexuality that was enthusiastically enforced in West Germany after World War II.

German lawmakers in 2017 approved the annulment of thousands of convictions under the Paragraph 175 law, which remained in force in its Nazi-era form until homosexuality was decriminalized in 1969. They cleared the way for payments of 3,000 euros ($3,380) per conviction, plus 1,500 euros for every year of jail time the convicted men started.

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German teenager arrested in gay club bomb attack plan

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BERLIN (AP) | A German teenager has been arrested on suspicion he was planning an Islamic extremist bombing attack in the Frankfurt area, prosecutors said September 13.

Frankfurt prosecutors’ spokesman Sinan Akdogan told The Associated Press the 17-year-old was arrested by Hesse state police September 1 and ordered held by a judge on suspicion of preparing a serious act of violence.

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Watermark’s Most Eligible – Central Florida: Lu Mueller-Kaul

By : Jeremy Williams
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Age: 43

Hometown: Dietzenbach, Germany

How you identify: Bisexual

What’s your sign: Libra

Lu is one of those people in the community who needs no introduction. She’s a former president of the MBA and has been a successful LGBTQ business owner in Orlando for many years.

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Germany celebrates 1st same-sex weddings after law change

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BERLIN (AP) – Germany celebrated its first same-sex weddings Sunday, after a new law came into force putting gay and lesbian couples on an equal legal footing with heterosexual couples.

Town halls in Berlin, Hamburg and elsewhere opened their doors to mark the event, made possible by a surprise vote in Parliament three months earlier.

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Trump to nominate his first openly LGBTQ ambassador

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WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump intends to nominate a former diplomat and television commentator to be the United States’ ambassador to Germany.

The White House announced Friday that Trump would choose Richard Grenell for the post.

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Libya LGBT activist receives asylum in Germany

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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An LGBT rights activist from the Libyan city of Benghazi has received asylum in Germany.

The activist, who asked the Washington Blade not to publish his name, on Monday said during an exclusive interview from Berlin that he arrived in Germany in May.

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German lawmakers approve same-sex marriage bill

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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German lawmakers on Friday approved a bill that will extend marriage rights to same-sex couples.

The measure passed in the lower house of the German Parliament, which is known as the Bundestag, by 393-226 vote margin with four abstentions.

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German Parliament set to vote on same-sex marriage

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BERLIN (AP) – The German Parliament plans to vote June 30 on whether to legalize same-sex marriage, only days after Chancellor Angela Merkel backed off her conservative party’s long-standing refusal to budge on the issue.

The German news agency dpa reported June 28 the Parliament’s legal committee had given its OK for the vote to take place Friday.

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Germany starts granting humanitarian visas to Chechen gays

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BERLIN (AP) – Germany has begun granting gays from Chechnya special visas on humanitarian grounds following reports that gay people are being tortured and killed in the Russian republic.

The Foreign Ministry told The Associated Press June 8 that the first man arrived in Germany on June 6 and four other applications for humanitarian visas are being reviewed.

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