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 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.

What rights do I have as an LGBTQIA+ refugee?

Would I be granted asylum as an LGBTQIA+ 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 the Anti-discrimination Agency or seek counselling from