Hamburg is open and welcoming to everybody! Be yourself!
Hamburg is regarded as a safe and friendly city for people who identify as LGBTQI, with plenty of cafes, bars and clubs to meet over a coffee, meal or drink. The local community is loud and proud, and the city is a popular destination for LGBTQI visitors from all over Germany, Europe and beyond. The two areas in the city that can be distinguished as LGBTQI hotspots are the St. Georg and St. Pauli districts.
Along the Lange Reihe street and in the surrounding areas in St. Georg, you'll find self-proclaimed 'gay bars' next to lower-key cafes, restaurants and shops that proudly fly the rainbow flag. (Note: Many of the following websites are in German.)
For delectable home-made cakes in a chic interior, visit Cafe Gnosa at Lange Reihe 93. A couple of doors down, you'll find Cafe Uhrlaub, where you can drop in for breakfast or a hot meal any time of the day. Order a Gin & Tonic in a cosy booth at M&V Bar, or go for stylish cocktails in the dimly-lit setting of Kyti Voo. Along Danziger Straße, you'll find literature, clothing and erotic paraphernalia at Bruno’s, and good company in Bellini Bar or the TRAXX nightclub.
St. Pauli, Hamburg’s entertainment district, also boasts a fair amount of LGBTQI clubs and bars. Dance the night away at the WunderBar at Talstraße 14, or check out where the next Mis-Shapes party is going to go down. Grüner Jäger, FABRIK, Club Hamburg and Nachtasyl also frequently host LGBTQI-nights.
Hamburg Pride is a week long celebration of diversity that takes place in August and draws more than 150,000 visitors each year. Jungfernstieg is transformed into a lively street festival with speeches, concerts and spontaneously erupting dance parties. The highlight is Christopher Street Day (CSD) at which LGBTQI rights are demonstrated for in a colourful celebration. On this day, festive trucks, music bands, dance groups and a cheerful audience parade from Lange Reihe through Moenckebergstraße and all the way up to Jungfernstieg.
International Queer Film Festival
The International Queer Film Festival or the Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage Hamburg, is Germany's oldest and biggest film festival dedicated to films about LGBTQI topics. This annual festival takes place in October and draws more than 15,000 visitors. Besides the films that are shown in cinemas all around Hamburg, visitors can attend workshops and parties.
- Discrimination in employment and the provision of goods and services based on sexual orientation or gender identification is illegal nationwide.
- Germany was the first country in Europe to allow citizens to neither identify as male or female on their birth certificate, and transgenders are legally allowed to change their gender on official documents.
- Gay men and women are allowed to serve openly in the military.
- Same-sex couples cannot legally marry, but they may enter into a civil union. This entails many of the same rights as a heterosexual marriage but also imposes some restrictions.
- Stepchild adoption and successive adoption among same-sex partners is allowed only if one person already has a biological or adopted child, but the couple may not adopt a child together.
- Although not legally binding, lesbian women do, in principle, have access to AI as well as IVF treatment using donated sperm.
- Same-sex and heterosexual couples alike aren't allowed to pay commercial surrogate mothers.
- Men who have sex with men are as of yet still banned from donating blood, but they can donate bone marrow.
Health and mental support
There are several institutes in Hamburg that focus on STD-prevention and (mental) health care for people within the LGBTQI community. Hein & Fiete, located near Central Station, is an LGBTQI community centre that provides counselling and education focused on safe sex and drugs. AIDS-Hilfe Hamburg, located on Lange Reihe 30 ─ 32, provides testing and counselling, as well as a safe environment to meet other people with HIV or AIDS. CASA Blanca provides multilingual support and counselling, as well as free STD-testing in Altona.