United in LOVE! Against hate, war and discrimination.
Under this bilingual motto, the Berlin Pride paraded through the streets of Berlin on Saturday, July 23.
On the Axel Springer truck, around 240 Axel Springer employees showed their colors in an exuberant mood and demonstrated against hate, agitation and discrimination of all kinds. Auch der Axel-Springer-Vorstandsvorsitzende Mathias Döpfner und WELT-Chefredakteur Ulf Poschardt waren dabei und brachten eine Menge Feierlaune mit.
The parade paid tribute to the legendary 1969 Stonewall protests in New York, in which the queer community demonstrated against the storming of the gay bar “Stonewall Inn” on Christopher Street by police.
The numbers of the 44th Christopher Street Day speak volumes: 350,000 people participated, over 90 colorful, creative floats adorned the streets and countless rainbow flags. This year, for the first time since 2013, there was a new demo route: the 7.4-kilometer route was opened in Leipziger Straße, at the corner of Axel-Springer-Straße, and ended as usual via Straße des 17. Juni for the finale at the Brandenburg Gate.
This year was proven once again: The CSD is more than just a parade. Because in addition to the exuberant party atmosphere, the demonstration focused on clear demands in 14 topic areas. What was demanded in addition to the topics of hate crime and hate speech against queer people, education and enlightenment as well as work and diversity, you can read here.