Germany shows gay pride with its celebrations for Christopher Street Day. The biggest parades are regularly in Berlin and Cologne. Also in Dresden, there are many demonstrations on the square in front of the opera these days.
A big stage has been built up, where some middle-rate hit and pop music is played live by extremely loud and hyperactive ladies around the age of 35. All possible parties and organizations have put up stands with information flyers and rainbow flags, to demonstrate their involvement in the cause and to convince the passengers of their tolerance programs. The youth of the region, with leatherjackets, colorful hairstyles and a bottle of beer at hand, sits in sun chairs, chatting and laughing, observing the passengers that come by. A man in a red uniform waves a gigantic rainbow flag. And of course a lot of men, dressed as women, use the square as catwalk. The atmosphere is happy and relaxed, but of course by far not as extraordinary and wild as the Hongkong Pride Parade last year.
Around 150 to 200 people gave gathered yesterday, people come and go constantly. The event is up from the 26th of May to the 3rd of June. Parades through Dresden, live-interviews on stage and political and motivational speeches are included in the program. Since 1991, Dresden annually celebrates Christopher Street Day, the event is advertised in public traffic and the local television. This year, the slogan is: “Same duties – same rights!”, as homo-, bi- and transsexual people want to be brought more in line with heterosexual people and couples.