Women walking hand in hand or men kissing in the street do not warrant a second glance in Cologne. One in ten inhabitants of Cologne is attracted to members of their own sex. The huge number of gay and lesbian bars, cafes, restaurants and clubs shows how important and ingrained the scene has become to Cologne.
Lots of gay saunas and bars in Colognebut no idea which one to choose. That's quite weird as they do list gay saunas in other towns and countries. For Cologne they mention Teddy Treff and Beim Pitter, but both gay bars are still waiting on their first review.
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The lesbian and gay association of North Rhine-Westphalia drew attention to the fact some refugees were suffering from physical attacks, intimation and threats from other refugees because of their sexuality. Frank Bauer, who sits on the board of the association, said: "Regular asylum accommodation is often not a safe place for these people - especially if they live openly or are outed. Regular asylum accommodation is often not a safe place for these people - especially if they live openly or are outed.
Its origin is to celebrate the pride in Gay and Lesbian Culture. Cologne Gay Pride is made of a large city Gay pride paradeand a week of a number of festivals, parties and political forums. The parade and festivals are comparable to carnival celebrations and the political motivation of the event did achieve a lot in equal rights and gay rights.
That is partly because the people in Cologne tend to be more easy-going and approachable than in other German cities. And they love to imitate the Southern European lifestyle — as soon as two rays of sunshine hit the city you will see some tables outside in front of many cafes and bars. Cologne had been extensively destroyed during World War II.
Thanks to progressive legislation and an atmosphere of mutual respect for everyone, Germany is now one of the most progressive countries in Europe for LGBT people to live, work and of course visit too. There are active gay communities in all of the major cities, and LGBT organisations and groups have also sprung up in smaller towns all across the country. This of course means that there is a great wealth of activities for LGBT people to enjoy when they come to visit.
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Cologne may seem familiar due to its famous cathedral. Yet, this could well be the most liberal of all German cities - and LGBT life is very much in evidence. The city has a large LGBT population and the vibrant and varied venues that cater for different ages and scenes can be found around the Alter Markt and also Rudolfplatz.