RainbowFlash events in Germany

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Germany will see a great variety of events in many different cities. The events include a two-week festival, demonstrations, Kiss-Ins and numerous Rainbow Flashes which has been mainly organised by the LSVD.

Photo: RainbowFlash on IDAHOT 2013
The Lesbian and Gay Association (LSVD) has organised Rainbow Flashes
Like the years before, there will be thousands of people in different German cities releasing colourful balloons with notes attached as a symbol for solidarity with LGBTI people all around the world and to raise awareness of the obstacles they face. RainbowFlashes will also take place in other countries. In the venues there will be other activities surrounding the RainbowFlashes.
The coordination of the RainbowFlashes is organised by the LSVD in Hamburg. So far, confirmed places for the events are in
Hamburg (Hansaplatz)
Dresden (Goldener Reiter)
Leipzig (Augustusplatz)
Chemnitz (Roter Turm)
Plauen (Theaterplatz)
Pirna (Marktplatz)
For 6 years now the LSVD Hamburg is organising the RainbowFlash in Hamburg. The founder of the event Wanja Kilber received the Pride Award from the Hamburg Pride in 2012. Also in 2012 the LSVD Hamburg, on behalf of all the organisers, was awarded for the RainbowFlash by the Bündnis für Demokratie und Toleranz gegen Extremismus und Gewalt (Network for Democracy and Tolerance against Extremism and Violence). New Updates and recent news can be found on the LSVD Hamburg’s Facebook page.
For this year the LSVD Hamburg was able to win, amongst others, Knut Fleckenstein, a Social Democratic representative at the European Parliament, to hold a speech at the event. The organisers invite everyone to join on May 17, 7pm at the Hansaplatz in St. Georg, to make a strong statement against Homophobia and Transphobia and to enjoy themselves afterwards at the party.
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IDAHOT* JenaJena
As part of the two-week long IDAHOT* Festival in Jena, there will be a street festival on May 17. Many information boots and activities for young and old will be taking place at Holzmarkt starting from 2pm.
There will also be a live-music program with “Bender & Schillinger” from Mainz at 4.30 pm and Cucun at 6.30 pm.
As part of the global action, the activists together will their visitors Jena will also release colourful balloon with messages into the sky.
The IDAHOT* Festival will still be going on after May 17. For further detail, please visit their website.
Joint efforts for IDAHOT in Aachen
AachenKnutschfleck, Queerreferat Aachener Hochschulen (queer representatives), Rainbow, Rainbow Sports Aachen, SchLAu Aachen, Gleichstellungsprojekt im Asta (Project for Equality in student representation) and Aidshilfe Aachen (HIV/AIDS support AAchen) have joined efforts to organise a IDAHOT demonstration in Aachen on May 17. The meeting point will be at Kugelbrunnen in Aachen. The demonstration starts at 13:45pm and at the end the partcipants will release colourful balloons into the sky (around 15:00pm).
For more details on the event and updates please go to their Facebook page.
IDAHIT* Demonstration in Leipzig highlights Intersex
LeipzigLike the years before, there will a demonstration through Leipzig in May 17 to protest against Anti-LGBTI violence and to stand up for sexual and gender diversity.
The organisers, Student Representative at the University Leipzig are also highlighting the importance of the inclusion of intersex people and have therefore extended the name of the day to IDAHIT*.
The demonstration will start at 3:00pm Körnerplatz.
ENOUGH is ENOUGH – OPEN YOUR MOUTH
In Berlin, Enough Is Enough has organised a major demonstration on May 17 which will start at 11am at the Wittenbergplatz.
For more updates and details please go the their page.
Many Rainbow activities by Queernet Rheinland-Pfalz
QUeernet Rheinland-Pfalz has organised rainbow actions in various cities in the province of Rheinland-Pfalz. Actions include Rainbow balloons, demonstrations and Kiss-Ins:
Here are the details:
Kaiserslautern
14:00 Uhr: Deutsche Bank (next to Stiftsplatz) Demonstration through the city
15:00 Uhr: Rainbow Flash at the Deutschen Bank
Koblenz
10:00 Uhr: Zentralplatz (Central Plaza)
16:00 Uhr: Zentralplatz Rainbow Flash
Mainz
14:00 Uhr: Bar jeder Sicht: preparations of the rainbow balloons
16:15 Uhr: March from Bar jeder Sicht to the Domplatz
17:00 Uhr: Domplatz: Kiss-In and manifestation
20:00 Uhr: KuZ Kiss the Pride- & Queerbeet-Party
Trier
14:00Uhr: Main Station Trier
15:00 Uhr: Kornmarkt: holding hands and march to Porta Nigra
16:00 Uhr: Porta Nigra: Rainbow Flash
Please go the the page to check on more details and updates.
Andersr(a)um Hannover has organised Rainbow Flash and queer_bar
The Rainbowflash on IDAHOT will take place at the Opernplatz, Hannover. Start is at 7pm and there will be speeches until 7:30pm when the balloons will be released. Afterwards there is a queer_bar at the andersr(a)um, Asternstr. 2, 30167 Hannover-Nordstadt. The event is organised by the andersr(a)um Hannover in cooperation with the LSVD Niedersachsen. Find out more on their website or Facebook page.
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Rainbow Flash and Demonstration against Discrimination of LGBTI in Cologne
On May 17, the Freie Vereinigung gegen Homophobia has organised a demonstration in Cologne to stand up against Homophobia and Transphobia and to fight for education about LGBTI. Before the demonstration which will start at 15:00pm at the Wallrafplatz, there is also going to be a Rainbow Flash on the Roncalliplatz at 2pm.
For more details please visit the Facebook event.

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