Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Old Homosexuality Laws Still Hang Over Many in Germany

The following article, published today in the New York Times, fits nicely into our discussions about LGBT discrimination and persecution during the post-WWII era by opening up a transatlantic perspective:


In 1957 West Germany declared paragraph 175 (homophobic law) to be constitutional; great numbers of LGBT people were criminally persecuted during the 1950s and 60s. Only in 1994, homosexuality was decriminalized, but still today a lot of victims of homophobic persecution are still waiting to have their police records cleared.

With regard to the upcoming federal election in September, the conservative party has recently made a major turn in their stance on LGBT rights by signaling their support for gay equality and we will maybe see some developments concerning the clearing of LGBT people's police records.

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