Gay german boy marcel tells us about the gay life in berlin

Over the past few decades, Germany has evolved to become one of the most gay friendly countries in the world.

In the 1920s and 1930s, Schöneberg in Berlin was famous for being one of the first ever gay villages with a thriving queer culture. Sadly the LGBTQ community of Germany took a massive beating during the Nazi era, either being forced to flee or coerced into concentration camps where they were persecuted and beaten, usually to death. Fortunately, since the 1960s, the community began a great renaissance as they started to rise from the shadows, starting with the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1969.

Fast forward to today: Germany has started to reclaim its fabulous crown as one of the leading LGBTQ friendly countries in the world – a feat it once proudly held in the pre-Nazi era.

87% of Germans believe that homosexuality should be accepted by society

According to the , 87% of Germans believe that homosexuality should be accepted by society – the second-highest score in the world after Spain. In 2017, Germany legalized both gay marriage and adoption rights. In addition, it has an array of anti-discrimination laws and progressive transgender laws, making it one of the most trans-friendly countries in the world as our friend Finn Ballard explained to us.

Is it all rainbows and unicorns? We met up with the affable Marcel Danner in Berlin who was Mr. Gay Germany back in 2019. He told us what gay life is like in Germany as well as his tips for LGBTQ travelers.

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Which areyour favorite places in berlin to go for a gay night out?

Möbel Olfe in Kreuzberg is my favourite bar. It’s the first gay bar I ever went to so it will always have a special place in my heart. I love the cuddly pink fluffy bar called Roses, which is just around the corner from Möbel Olfe on Oranienstraße. Also, Bar Saint Jean in Mitte is another favourite of mine.


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If I were a lot younger and met Marcel, I might be his Mr. Right. I grew up in the ’70s in the USA and there were classmates that made fun of me for being bad in sports. When AIDS came about in the ’80s, there were homophobic people saying „F*****s die of AIDS“ and „Vampires wouldn’t bite fags because they’d give them AIDS“. Lesbians are less likely than other people including heterosexuals to get AIDS but violence against them increased as well.

The things people used to say! So amazing to see how far our LGBTQ family has come since those days eh?

Is there was (or is right now) any changes at schools from your time period about gay/feminine people?

Very much so! When I was growing up in 1990s and early 2000s, Section 28 was very much law in the UK. This was a law passed by Thatcher in the 1980s which made it illegal for teachers to promote „homosexual content“! Not too dissimilar to Russia’s awful anti-gay propaganda law 🙁

Fun article and best of everything to Marcel. I would like to have a ‚hard copy‘ of gay news mailed to me. I’m of that generation who loves to read but I get tired at the computer. Better to relax with good coffee. Thanks

Thanks Tom. Sadly access to a printer is a challenge for us…!

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