Despite some criticism, the Chicago based DANK-HAUS participated in the annual Chicago Pride Parade this past weekend for the first time. Over 20 volunteers dressed in “pride” attire including Trachten with a rainbow flare. Green shirts with the saying “Germany: 10 Years of Same-Sex Unions” on the front and “Kraut & Out! dankhaus.com” on the back were also worn.
“We got such an incredible response from this. People were so positive and excited about us being in the parade. Throughout the whole route the people we passed were shouting out and cheering for us.” – Nicholle Dombrowski | Development Director
The DANK-HAUS may have risked losing some offended members, but they should be commended for doing something most German-American organizations wouldn’t dare do and it shows that they aren’t afraid of moving forward with new ideas and accepting more modern German culture.
If you have witnessed other German-American organizations taking the extra step in trying new things, let us know!