Hamburg (dpa) - More than 2000 people pedaled on Saturday at a bicycle demo for the 40th anniversary of the Christopher Street Day (CSD) in Hamburg.
Hamburg's first mayor Peter Tschentscher (SPD) and second mayor and Senator for Equal Opportunities Katharina Fegebank (Greens) also started in the first block of the field of participants divided up for reasons of infection protection. From the Jungfernstieg it went on an approximately eight kilometer route through St. Pauli and Altona.
The police spoke of 2100 participants, the chairman of Hamburg Pride, Stefan Mielchen, of 2500. There were traffic problems in the city center. There were no other incidents. "Everything went very smoothly," said a police spokesman.
"Two things were important to us: Ensuring freedom of assembly and thus the visibility of the queer community and at the same time taking infection protection into account," said Mielchen. The fact that it is still important to take to the streets for equal rights is also shown by the worsening situation for LGBTI in Poland. "If the President of an EU country denies homosexuality to people, as Andrzej Duda did recently, it is our duty to stand alongside the Polish community in solidarity."
The usual big parade for the CSD had to be canceled this year due to the corona. According to the police, around 200,000 people came to the CSD demo in Hamburg last year, around 90,000 of whom had taken part in the demo.
Christopher Street Day commemorates June 28, 1969, when police stormed the New York gay and lesbian bar "Stonewall Inn" on Christopher Street, sparking protests by gays, lesbians and transsexuals lasting several days. The CSD aims to draw attention to the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgendered people, intersexuals and queer people. In Hamburg, lesbians and gays took to the streets for the first time in 1980 to demonstrate for their rights.
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