July in Berlin will be colourful. As colourful as the rainbow. Even though this year we can’t show our pride on street festivals and parades, there is still a lot to discover. We collected eleven special LGBTI*-Highlights for an unforgettable Pride-month.
Tip 1: CSD Berlin – like every year but still different
„Don´t hide your pride“ – ist he motto of this year’s CSD. This year you can join completly free of stress from 2 pm on the live stream. Following the motto, we will simply hang the rainbow flag and posters out the window this year. Various musicians will also be creating a great atmosphere at home via live stream.
When: Saturday, July 25, 2 pm
Where: Live Stream on the CSD Website
Tip 2: For greater visibility and publicity – Dyke* March
Since 2013, Dyke*March has been taking place as a demonstration for more lesbian visibility as a supplement to the CSD. On Saturday, July 25th at 15 o'clock it starts at the Neptune Fountain at Alexanderplatz this year. Of course the current regulations apply and there is no big fuss about it, but you can take the chance to publicly stand up for lesbian visibility together.
When: Saturday, July 25, 3 pm
Where: Neptun fountain at Alexanderplatz, Mitte
Tip 3: Colourful exhibitions and readings
The LGBTI* community has shaped the city image of Berlin for many years. The photo exhibition Queens by Nihad Nino Pušija gives you unique insights into the nightlife of the queer scene in Berlin. The literature fads will bring controversial discussions directly into your living room. Moving texts from the queer life are the focus here. Often the fun is not to be missed out either.
When: daily, 7:20 pm
Where: Online Meeting-Room, Link is on the Website
Tip 4: Silent remembrance of the homosexual victims of National Socialism
Do you know the memorial for the homosexuals persecuted under National Socialism in the Tiergarten? You are invited to lay flowers there all Saturday. This is also part of our Pride Weeks: we remember our history, are grateful for today and together we stand up for a better tomorrow. Afterwards, why don't you just continue strolling through the zoo or have a little picnic.
When: Saturday July 25, all day long
Where: Memorial for the homosexual victims of National Socialism, Eberstraße / Höhe Anna-Arendt-Straße, Tiergarten
Tip 5: More than just an amen in church
The St. Marien Church will be your multi-religious meeting place again this year on the eve of the CSD Berlin. The special service will be celebrated this year with the motto "Love does the soul good". So put on the colorful nose-mouthguard and support with your collection the SchwuZ, Germany's biggest and oldest queer club.
When: Friday, July 24, 6 pm
Where: St. Marien Kirche, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 8, Mitte
Tip 6: LGBTi* - Summer books
Whether on the balcony, in the café or in one of the many cozy parks - we need great reading food. The Berlin Central & State Library offers all kinds of literary highlights during Pride Weeks: Browse the queer zines and experience the literary queens with their program #allabendlichqueer online. There's also something for younger ears with the reading "A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo". Now all you need is the right reading corner.
Tip 7: Queer Open Air cinema
Now that the cinemas are finally open again, you can enjoy the queer movies on the big screen again. Whether it's the open-air cinema, the MonGay at the Kino International or the special Pride programme at the Yorck cinemas - the popcorn tastes good everywhere.
Tip 8: On the trail of LGBTi* culture
Take advantage of this summer to inform yourself about Berlin's LGBTI* history and culture. A visit to the Gründerzeit Centre on the Mahlsdorf estate will take you back in time. In 17 exhibition rooms you will get to know Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, born as Lothar Berfelde, and her world. You can also visit the current exhibitions in the Gay Museum. We especially like the "100 Objects - An Archive of Feelings" and dive into the emotions of joy, care, desire, anger and fear. What this is all about, you can find out for yourself.
Tip 9: Wry, loud and cheerful
It's always the same procedure: when we take the karaoke mic in our hands for the first time in the evening, we are excited and shy. But after the first uncertain lines we quickly turn into the pop stars whose songs we play to the fullest. You prefer to shout "Bingo"? You can find the classics of evening entertainment in great LGBTI* bars like Blond or Rauschgold. And also for the drink without evening program you can choose from many great bars.
Tip 10: Rainbow neighbourhood Prenzlauer Berg
Prenzlauer Berg has more to offer than Mauerpark and great curry sausage. You can let yourself drift here from morning to night. Start with an extensive breakfast at Schall & Rauch. Afterwards you walk through the former workers' district, marvel at the great stucco facades of the houses and browse through the many small shops around Helmholtz- or Kollwitzplatz. And then you watch the hustle and bustle in one of the many nice cafés and eat delicious cake at the Sowohl als Auch. Oh, life is beautiful.
Tip 11: Berlin – very exclusive
You don't want to explore Berlin yourself and treat yourself to a little exclusivity? No problem. You can experience exciting stories, insider tips and a friendly guide on the Queer Berlin Tour. The three hours of the tour will fly by. All you have to do is choose a date and put on comfortable shoes.