Which rights do I have in Germany?

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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 LGBTTIQ 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 LGBTTIQ or LGBT 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 intersexual individual?

Where can I seek advice and support?

Where can I meet other LGBTTIQ individuals?

The LGBTTIQ members of the refugee community often face additional difficulties. Here you can find out what rights and possibilities you have as an LGBTTIQ refugee.

What rights do I have as an LGBTTIQ refugee?

Would I be granted asylum as an LGBTIQ individual?

Where can I seek help during my asylum procedure?

I face discrimination in my community - can I relocate despite the residence restriction ("Wohnsitzauflage")?


Do not hesitate to seek help if you face discrimination or hostility. The German law is on your side and will protect you against discrimination, hatred and violence. If you need help, contact an LGBTIQ counselling centre or the Anti-discrimination Agency.