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CSD Berlin Party Mile to the Victory Column
© visitBerlin, Foto: Pedro Becerra/STAGEVIEW.de

Pride Month is taking place in Berlin for the first time. In addition to the numerous events surrounding Christopher Street Day, the LGBTIQ* scene and queer communities have put together an unbelievably diverse mix of parades, parties, art, concerts, readings and much more from 28 June to 24 July. The main aim is to create space for exchange and encounters and to set long-term impulses for a change of perspective and real development: "United in LOVE! 
Against hate, war and discrimination. Here are our 11 tips.

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Tip 1: Christopher Street Day

Christopher Street Day
© visitBerlin, Foto: Pedro Becerra/STAGEVIEW.de

"United in Love! - Against Hate, War and Discrimination" is the motto of this year's Christopher Street Day (CSD). The meeting point is at 11.30 a.m., the demo will set off from 12 p.m. from Leipziger Straße towards Unter den Linden, past Potsdamer Platz, Bülowstraße, Nollendorfplatz and Lützowplatz to the Victory Column, and via Straße des 17. Juni on to the Brandenburg Gate. The end point for vehicles is Yitzhak-Rabin-Straße. A show with a colourful programme and lots of music awaits you at the Brandenburg Gate for the grand CSD finale. The official CSD party House of Pride will take place at Ritter Butzke from midnight.

When: 23 July from 11.30 a.m., the parade starts at 12 p.m. 
Start zone: Leipziger Straße | Axel-Springer-Straße, end: Straße des 17. Juni | Brandenburg Gate

CSD Berlin

Tip 2: Trans Pride Berlin

LGBT Rainbow Color socks
© Getty Images, Foto: Luciano Marques

Under the motto "Promises, Promises", this year's Trans Pride marches from Kottbusser Tor to Mariannenplatz. The march is a little shorter than usual so that more people can join in. Because: "It doesn't matter if you are non-binary or binary, gender-non-conforming or gender-conforming, queer, bi, lesbian, gay or straight, disabled or able bodied", the organisers write and invite everyone to take part in this Pride demonstration.

When: 30 July
Where: from Kottbusser Tor to Mariannenplatz

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Trans Pride Berlin

Tip 3: Lesbian-Gay City Festival

Lesbian-Gay City Festival in Berlin
Lesbian-Gay City Festival © visitBerlin, Foto: Pedro Becerra/STAGEVIEW.de

Under the motto "Equal rights for unequal people - worldwide", the Rebenbogenfonds invites you to the Lesbian-Gay City Festival at Nollendorfplatz. Projects, associations and organisations will present themselves in six different city festivals. There will be music and comedy on six stages, whether electro, house and techno, rock, pop or political talk shows, the programme is as diverse as the audience.

When: 16 and 17 July, from 11 a.m. each day.
Where: Nollendorfplatz, Schöneberg

Lesbian-Gay Festival

Tip 4: CSD on the Spree

Berlin Spree Cruise by night
Berlin Spree Cruise by night © Stern und Kreis

With more than a dozen boats, the scene sails across the Spree shortly before the CSD weekend. Good vibes are guaranteed during the sightseeing with moderation and music. Happy boarding starts at 5.30 p.m. from different departure points. The two-hour boat party starts at 6.30 pm. Included in the ticket price are your Puschel for the Puschel Alarm - and of course free entry to the harbour party!

When: 21 July
Where: various landing stages on the Spree

CSD on the Spree

Tip 5: Dyke* March Berlin

visitBerlin - CSD 2015
Dyke March Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Pedro Becerra/STAGEVIEW.de

Traditionally, the scene meets the night before Christopher Street Day for the Dyke* March. The aim is more lesbian visibility. After the march, it's straight into the Else Club from 4pm. Chroma, Sam Sonite, Daphne steht steil and Claudia Lenzen have announced they will be at the live show to party with you until 5 am.

When: 22 July
Where: Route to be announced

Else Club

Tip 6: LIQUID - Lesbian Pride Party

back view of a lesbian couple
a lesbian couple in the in Berlin',1920,1280 © Getty Images, Foto: fotografixx

With a great mix of music, acts and lots of surprises, LIQUID at Metropol celebrates lesbian visibility, FINTAst femininity and the freedom to be anything. With a part of the ticket proceeds, Liquid supports the Berlin CSD and encourages to stand together against sexism, racism and role stereotypes.

When: 23 July
Where: Metropol, Nollendorfplatz 5, Schöneberg

LIQUID – Lesbian Pride Party

Tip 7: Official CSD FLINTA Party

Sage Club
Sage Club © visitBerlin, Foto: Pierre Adenis

Traditionally, the FLINTA community invites you to a warm-up party the night before the CSD. Lockereasy, Ployceebell, Coco Royal and many more will heat up the turntables with pop, hip hop and RnB. The European Women's Championship football match will also be broadcast live. In addition, there are nice corners to chill and chat. So there is something for everyone!

When: 22 July from 5 pm
Where: Sage Beach Club, Köpenicker Strasse 76, Köpenick

CSD FLINTA Party

Tip 8: Fairy walk

visitBerlin - CSD 2015
Tuntenspaziergang © visitBerlin, Foto: Pedro Becerra/STAGEVIEW.de

The aim of the queer walk is to make the world a little more colourful and understanding together. The walk starts at 2 p.m. at the Brandenburg Gate, passes the memorial for homosexuals persecuted under National Socialism to Potsdamer Platz and then continues to Schöneberg via Langenscheidtstraße and Monumentenstraße to the AHA, a project space for queer subculture.

When: 9 July, start 2 pm
Where: from the Brandenburg Gate to Schöneberg

Fairy Walk

Tip 9: LesBiSchwules Parkfest

visitBerlin - CSD 2015
Unterwegs mit Hund © visitBerlin, Foto: Pedro Becerra/STAGEVIEW.de

Pack your dog, friends and picnic blankets and enjoy a day in the park. For the 23rd time, the LesBiSchwule Parkfest invites you to the Volkspark Friedrichshain. Here you can get information about lesbian-gay life in Berlin at numerous stands, exchange ideas with others or simply enjoy the colourful programme. 

When: 13 August 3 - 10 pm
Where: Volkspark Friedrichshain (grounds of the open-air cinema), Friedrichshain

LesBiSchwules Parkfest

Tip 10: Boylesque Festival

Wintergarten Varieté
Wintergarten Varieté © Wintergarten Varieté

The first performances in this style took place in Berlin as early as the 18th century, and burlesque drag shows reached their peak in the 1920s. At the Boylesque Drag Festival the barriers are thrown overboard. Be there when Sheila Wolf presents this Berlin extravaganza at the second Boylesque Drag Festival.

When: 22 July 11 pm 
Where: Wintergarten Variety, Potsdamer Straße 96, Mitte

When: 23 July 11.30 pm
Where: Bar jeder Vernunft, Schaperstraße 24, Wilmersdorf

Boylesque Drag Festival

Tip 11: Queer guided tour with Gaby Tupper

visitBerlin - Lesbisch-schwules Stadtfest 2015
Kiez um den Nollendorfplatz © visitBerlin, Foto: Pedro Becerra/STAGEVIEW.de

If you want to learn more about the history of the LGBTIQ* scene in Berlin, you shouldn't miss a guided tour with Gaby Tupper around Nollendorfplatz. In addition to exciting background knowledge about lesbian-gay history in Berlin, Gaby Tupper will give you current tourism tips along the way. You will visit queer shops, the Metropol Theatre and hear musical and literary stories from then and now.

When: 3 July 4 pm (registration: gabytupperberlin [at] gmail.com)
Where: Cafe Ulrichs, Karl-Heinrich-Ulrich-Str. 11, Schöneberg

Queer tour with Gaby Tupper

Josefine Köhn-Haskins

Josefine

ist in München aufgewachsen, hat dort studiert und bei der SZ volontiert. Auf der Suche nach neuen Abenteuern entdeckte sie erst New York, dann Miami und berichtete als Trendscout und Korrespondentin für verschiedene Publikationen. Ihr Zuhause fand sie dann aber in Berlin. Fasziniert von den vielen Facetten der Stadt ist sie kreuz und quer in den Kiezen unterwegs und beschäftigt sich gerne mit Zukunftsideen und Smart City Konzepten für ein innovatives Berlin.