LGBTQIA+ (or LGBT) is an English abbreviation. In Germany, the German abbreviation, LSBTTIQ ("lesbisch, schwul, bisexuell, transgender, transsexuell, intersexuell, queer") is often used. Lesbians are women who prefer women. Gays are men who like men. Bisexuals like both men and women. Transgender refers to women born in a male body or men born in a female body. Transsexual individuals, too, feel they are born in a wrong body -so they change their bodies with the help of hormone therapy and surgeries. Intersex individuals are those who have both male and female genitals. The term Queer stands for all people who do not fit in the traditional gender roles and partner preference norms.
Which rights do I have in Germany?
In Germany, every person is free to live out their sexual orientation and identity, and the law protects lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual and intersex individuals, i.e. the LGBTQIA+ community. Nevertheless, members of these community still face hostility and discrimination from some people in the society. Find out more about your rights and how to fight discrimination.
What do I need to know?
What does LGBTQIA+ mean?
Is homosexuality a crime in Germany?
What can I do against discrimination?
Can same-sex couples marry in Germany?
What rights am I entitled to as a transgender or intersex people?
Where can I seek advice and support?
Where can I meet other LGBTQIA+ individuals?
The LGBTQIA+ members of the refugee community often face additional difficulties. Here you can find out what rights and possibilities you have as an LGBTQIA+ refugee.