Surrogacy and Gay Parenthood Sees Small Victory In German High Court Ruling

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Surrogacy, where a women uses her womb to carry a child for another couple, is illegal in Germany, but a ruling by Germany’s high court on Friday has provided gay and childless heterosexual couples a small victory when it ruled that surrogacy done abroad must now be legally recognized in …

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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German Short Film Dealing With Homophobia In Pro Football Makes Waves

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Earlier this month, director Dennis Dirksen released his crowd funded short film/music video dealing with the issue of homosexuality in Germany’s professional football (soccer) clubs, and since making its YouTube debut, it began going viral in the country. “Der Tag Wird Kommen” (“The Day Will Come”) is a fictional story, …

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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New Show Combines Holocaust With America’s LGBT History

By Rick Landman on Email

This March Marymount Manhattan College hosted a collaborative educational experience called “Riding the Arc of History”, based on my life experiences of being a gay son of Holocaust Survivors who became a German citizen.  I created a humorous multi-media storytelling performance to encourage Social Justice while teaching history. Instead of …

Rick Landman
Rick Landman, is a gay son of two refugee Holocaust Survivors who is now a dual German American citizen, and marched in a Jewish contingent in the Steuben German-American Parade for 5 years. As an Attorney Emeritus, Adjunct Professor at New York Law School, Urban Planner, Licensed NYC Tour Guide, and longtime resident of Lower Manhattan, he is available to give NYC Walking Tours and Speaking Engagements on German, Jewish, Holocaust-related or LGBT history, and has a Blog on his website at www.infotrue.com and can be contacted at [email protected]

To Sochi, or Not to Sochi… What is the Real Question?

By Rick Landman on Email

While some are debating whether it is more productive to boycott the Russian 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi due to Russia’s homophobic policies, or to participate and hope for a “Jesse Owens” moment, I would like to look at the issue from an American-German historical perspective. Being a dual German …

Rick Landman
Rick Landman, is a gay son of two refugee Holocaust Survivors who is now a dual German American citizen, and marched in a Jewish contingent in the Steuben German-American Parade for 5 years. As an Attorney Emeritus, Adjunct Professor at New York Law School, Urban Planner, Licensed NYC Tour Guide, and longtime resident of Lower Manhattan, he is available to give NYC Walking Tours and Speaking Engagements on German, Jewish, Holocaust-related or LGBT history, and has a Blog on his website at www.infotrue.com and can be contacted at [email protected]

Decision To Teach Sexual Diversity In Baden-Württemberg Classrooms Challenged With Petition

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Germany isn’t shy when it comes to addressing controversial social issues, but for some, the issue of making sexual diversity part of the regular curriculum at schools in the German state of Baden-Württemberg is going too far. For the past year a committee has been drafting up this plan for the …

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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LGBT German Group Launches In New York City

By Rick Landman on Email

Taking an inspiration from Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, who using today’s terminology was a gay German (actually he was a Prussian who loved men, according to Benjamin Franklin), a social group for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Germans is now launching in New York City.  The new group is called …

Rick Landman
Rick Landman, is a gay son of two refugee Holocaust Survivors who is now a dual German American citizen, and marched in a Jewish contingent in the Steuben German-American Parade for 5 years. As an Attorney Emeritus, Adjunct Professor at New York Law School, Urban Planner, Licensed NYC Tour Guide, and longtime resident of Lower Manhattan, he is available to give NYC Walking Tours and Speaking Engagements on German, Jewish, Holocaust-related or LGBT history, and has a Blog on his website at www.infotrue.com and can be contacted at [email protected]

German-American Presence at the Chicago Pride Parade

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

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 …

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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