When the German Constitution came into force in 1949, it was shaped by the lessons learned from the horrific crimes of Nazism. Therefore, the prohibition of discrimination is anchored at the beginning, in Article 3, Paragraph 3:
"No one shall be discriminated against or given preference on the grounds of sex, descent, race, language, country of origin, creed, religious or political beliefs. No one shall be discriminated against because of his or her disability."
Yet despite their systematic persecution under the Nazi dictatorship, queer people found no mention.
As a result, it was possible for gay and bisexual men to be prosecuted for decades under the shameful paragraph 175, which criminalized sexual acts between men.
To this day, LGBT+ people remain excluded from protection against discrimination in Germany enshrined in the constitution. We want to change that now.
An amendment to Article 3 is currently being discussed in the German House of Representatives (Bundestag). This is the opportunity to finally expand the ban on discrimination to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
We demand a Constitution for everyone that guarantees protection, equality and dignity for ALL people. Sign the petition and share it with your friends!