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Christopher Street Day in Berlin (June 26, 1999)
In many big German cities “Christopher Street Day” (CSD) is celebrated every year in June. During this celebration, homosexuals demonstrate against social discrimination and for greater tolerance. CSD commemorates the events of June 28, 1969, when New York City’s gay community came together on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village to protest discrimination and arbitrary acts of police violence. Since then, processions (Gay Pride Parades), festivals, and rallies have taken place throughout the world on the last Saturday in June. These festive events call for gay rights and rights for other sexual minorities. The term “Christopher Street Day” is only used in Germany and Switzerland, however. This photo shows a pair of CSD celebrants in Berlin on June 26, 1999; the two stand in colorful costumes in front of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church on Kurfürstendamm. Photo: Bernd Settnik.