- Supporting emancipation of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people
- Breaking down discrimination
- Promoting acceptance of diverse sexual identities and lifestyles
In accordance with its Constitution and the German General Equal Treatment Act (AGG), Berlin is committed to equal treatment and the equality of people of different sexual identities. A variety of topics are associated with this mission. They form the framework for the LGBTI Unit of the Berlin State Office for Equal Treatment and against Discrimination (LADS) in the Senate Department for Justice, Consumer Protection and Antidiscrimination.
With the establishment of the LGBTI Unit in 1989, the first government body in Germany was created to work for the interests of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI). Since then, the Unit has gained a reputation for taking up issues that are significant in the life situations of LGBTI and are important in terms of the need for political action.
This involves providing information for the Senate and the House of Representatives, working on legislation and regulations and, for example, supporting legal developments at federal level through the Bundesrat. The LGBTI Unit develops concepts and campaigns. It initiates and moderates the dialogue between the administration and civic society. It runs events and publishes brochures on relevant topic areas. Since 2007, the Unit has been part of the State Office for Equal Treatment and against Discrimination (LADS). Since then, the cross-characteristic approach has facilitated close collaboration between groups potentially affected by discrimination in advocating basic and human rights. Differences within the LGBTI communities – in relation to age, disability or ethnic origin, for example – are perceived, and respect for diversity is regarded as a sign of quality in the work of the Unit and the projects it promotes.
The Berlin Action Plan against Homophobia and Transphobia
In 2009, the Berlin House of Representatives passed the first action plan to promote acceptance of sexual and gender diversity and to fight homophobia and transphobia in Germany, the so called “Berlin supports self-determination and acceptance of sexual diversity!” initiative (ISV). Since 2010, the Berlin Senate has been implementing initiatives and developing them further. Overall coordination of the initiatives and actions is managed by the LGBTI Unit.
Some of the main topics addressed by this Berlin Action Plan are:
- Promoting education and awareness raising at schools
- Fighting discrimination and violence against LGBTI as well as within the LGBTI communities
- Promoting dialogue between different social groups
- Legal equality
- Strengthening the rights and self-determination of trans-gender and intersex people
- LGBTI history, documentation and research
- International commitment
- Supporting LGBTI refugees
Publications and other materials
There are different online and printed publications and materials especially in German language on different topics. Furthermore there are informational folders about the Berlin Equality Body (LADS) and the LGBTI Unit as well as different factsheets in English.
- Publications and materials on different LGBTI topics (German)
- Publications and materials on the topic of transgender at work (German)
- Factsheets (German and English)
- Publications and materials (English)
- Campaign Transgender at Work – travel exhibition (German and English)
Photo credit: Berlin State office for Equal Treatment and against Discrimination
Fachbereich LSBTI/ Landesantidiskriminierungsstelle
Senatsverwaltung für Justiz, Verbraucherschutz und Antidiskriminierung
10969 Berlin – Germany