LGBTQI Legislation

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Legislation

Hamburg is regarded as a safe and friendly city for people who identify as LGBTQI. Learn more about the local culture and legislation.

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. Below you’ll find some information on the legal aspects of LGBTQI life in Hamburg and Germany.

Legislation

  • On 30 June 2017, the Bundestag passed a bill allowing same-sex marriage.
  • Under the new law, married same-sex couples will be able to adopt children together.
  • Although not legally binding, lesbian couples 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.
  • 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.
  • Men who have sex with men are as of yet still banned from donating blood, but they can donate bone marrow.

LGBTQI in Hamburg