When the German Constitution came into force in 1949, it was shaped by the lessons learned from the horrific crimes of Nazism. Therefore, the prohibition of discrimination is anchored at the beginning, in Article 3, Paragraph 3
"No one shall be discriminated against or given preference on the grounds of sex, descent, race, language, country of origin, creed, religious or political beliefs. No one shall be discriminated against because of his or her disability."
Yet despite their systematic persecution under the Nazi dictatorship, queer people found no mention
This made it possible that even after the end of National Socialism:
To this day, LGBT+ people remain excluded from protection against discrimination in Germany which is enshrined in the constitution.
That’s why All Out, in cooperation with the initiative A Constitution for Everyone (“Grundgesetz für Alle"), jumped into action, launching a petition in 2021 calling for the party leaders in German Parliament to amend Article 3 of the Constitution to protect all members of the queer community from discrimination.
We are making a lot of noise about it, and we already have the support of several German personalities. Here you can check the list of celebrities who have signed the “A Constitution for Everyone” initiative (in German).
But this is not all! To really dial up the pressure, we developed a mailing service that enabled citizens to write a message directly to their representative in the federal government.
Moreover, we wanted to really make sure that our voices were heard.
So we projected a huge message onto the German Federal Chancellery building, in downtown Berlin.
And on May 28, 2021, together with Grundgesetz für Alle, we met with the heads of parliamentary groups of five major parties in Germany to deliver more than 80,000 signatures demanding the amendment of the constitution.
Check out the video of this emblematic moment in the history of LGBT+ people in Germany.
The campaign isn’t over yet. We’ll keep working with our partners until Germany has a constitution that includes EVERYONE!