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Hamburg's Christopher Street Day Illuminates Rainbow Pride

Friday Aug 4, 2017

Hamburg's 2017 Christopher Street Day celebration is in full swing, with programs continuing through August 6. Pride Week, which kicked off on July 28, includes not only the political parade and the big CSD street festival, but also a broad range of events and activities to reflect the city's commitment to diversity. One of the special highlights included the spectacular rainbow-colored illumination of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg on the night of August 3 as a powerful signal for greater diversity and equality in society. As part of the CSD Hamburg Wird Leuchten initiative, the historic red-brick base of Hamburg's iconic new landmark will be illuminated every night from 9 p.m. until August 6.

Christopher Street Day is one of the world's largest human rights festivals. Communities around the globe commemorate the incidents on Christopher Street in New York City, where the CSD was first held in June 1969 in protest against violent police raids. Today, annual events to support the rights of homosexuals, trans, bisexual and intersexed people are becoming ever more numerous and colorful. More and more politicians, celebrities and civil society stakeholders are campaigning for the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexual, transsexual and intersexed people. In Germany, a country that has finally approved same-sex marriage, several hundred thousand visitors join the Christopher Street Day festival every year, and have been campaigning for equal opportunities in life and in love for many years.

The CSD Hamburg Wird Leuchten initiative aims to send out a message that will reach far beyond Hamburg's city limits and to raise even more awareness for the concerns of the LGBT community. As part of this campaign, a different highly visible building in Hamburg will be illuminated in rainbow colors every year.

The campaign has been kicked off with the illumination of the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg's and Germany's new landmark and an institution that regards itself as a concert hall for everyone. As the city's official contribution to this year's CSD, Katharina Fegebank, Hamburg's Second Mayor and Senator for Science, Research and Equality, and Dr Carsten Brosda, Hamburg's Senator for Culture and Media, launched the illumination on August 3. The illumination was preceded by spectacular firework displays on the southern banks of the River Elbe. Hamburg's locals and guests to the city will be able to enjoy great views from the Landungsbrücken, from the southern banks of the Elbe and from the water aboard a boat.


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