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Prime Minister Stephan Weil (3rd from right, SPD) and Belit Onay, Lord Mayor of Hanover, (2nd from left, Greens) at this year's Christopher Street Day (CSD)

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After visiting Christopher Street Day (CSD) on Saturday, two people in Hanover were insulted and injured in a queer-hostile manner, according to police. The police state security is investigating anti-queer hate crimes, according to a statement on Thursday. Queer refers to non-heterosexual people or people who do not identify with the traditional role model of men and women or other social norms around gender and sexuality.

Near the main train station, two young men are said to have insulted the CSD visitors, who were traveling in a group. According to police, they beat an 18-year-old non-binary person. Non-binary people do not classify themselves into the category of woman or man, or only partially.

A 17-year-old trans man tried to mediate. According to the police, he was also beaten and kicked, including several times in the head. His phone was also stolen. The 17-year-old was taken to a hospital. Trans men are men who were assigned the female gender at birth.

The police initiated proceedings on suspicion of insult, simple and dangerous bodily harm and theft.