sexuelle-orientierungSexual orientation

In Germany, people with different sexual orientations are all welcome and treated equally.

In fact, an anti-discrimination law was put into effect in 2006 which reads, “The aim of the law is to prevent or resolve discrimination on the grounds of race or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religion or belief, disability, age or gender identity.”

This is important for asylum seekers, because if a serious violation of basic human rights can be shown, a person who was persecuted in their home country for being homosexual might receive asylum in Germany.

In Bremen too, people of different sexual orientations are welcome: All places and offerings are open to all people. In addition, there are specific contact points and counseling centers and meeting places in Bremen to help you with questions about sexuality. This includes, for example, “Das Rat und Tat Zentrum”, an advice and information center.

In this section you will find some of these contact points as well as a few answers to further questions.

  • What is transsexual/transgender?

    Transgender people have a gender identity that differs from their assigned sex at birth. For example, a person born with male sexual characteristics might feel and express himself as a female. In this case, the person may wish to be called by a different pronoun, for example, “she” rather than “he”.

    Transgender people are sometimes called transsexual if they desire medical assistance to transition from one sex to another or have done so.

    Intersexual people, who are born with a variation of sex characteristics that do not fit the typical definitions for male or female bodies, are usually included in the transgender group.

  • Where can I obtain more information?

    Legal advice is available for lesbians, gays and transgender refugees in various languages at www.queer-refugees.de.

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