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PHOTOS: Dresden Takes to The Streets For Christopher Street Day

By:           Dan Allen
On:           Jun 6, 2012
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  • 12 Comments
    • Carl
      Carl

      Less than a month until Köln CSD, really looking forward to it!

      Jun 6, 2012 at 10:13 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Paul
      Paul

      You’d think that the Germans would call their LGBT festival something original or re-name it since Christopher street in NYC is very dated and a relic of the 60s and 70s.

      Jun 6, 2012 at 10:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Carl
      Carl

      Gay pride festivals in Germany and Switzweland are named CSD in honour of the Stonewall riots, which kick started the entire LGBT rights movement. The name is about respecting and remembering our collective history, not being “original” or concern over whether the phrase is “dated”. CSD’s/Prides are, ultimately, a protest and a reminder, a reminder of what happens if we stay silent. In that tradition, the name serves as a constant reminder of why we hold these events, of the importance they hold, that they are more than simply an excuse to party, get drunk and grope pretty people. Personally, I’ve always preferred the term CSD over pride: it has a deeper meaning and significance.

      Jun 6, 2012 at 12:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Olive Austin
      Olive Austin

      Yea, Carl! Not everything is about marketing something new.

      Jun 6, 2012 at 2:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Holly
      Holly

      Interesting choice to have folks dressed in the Czech flag as the poster children for a German celebration…

      Jun 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • operami
      operami

      The czech guys did promotion for the gay pride in Prague, just 120km from Dresden. It’s good singn of international cooperation. The Dresden CSD board will attend Prague and Berlin gay Pride in exchange.
      Read more about: http://www.csd-dresden.de

      Jun 6, 2012 at 3:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • operami
      operami

      @operami: The czech guys did promotion for the gay pride in Prague, just 120km from Dresden. It’s good singn of international cooperation. The Dresden CSD board will attend Prague and Berlin gay Pride in exchange.
      Read more about: http://www.csd-dresden.de

      Jun 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Carl
      Carl [Different person #1 using similar name]

      @operami: You’re right – a great many prides ‘advertise’ at other nearby events to increase attendance at their own. A personal example – Sheffield held it’s annual pride event this Saturday just gone and the Doncaster Pride committee had a stand there, advertising their own event in early August.

      Jun 6, 2012 at 4:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Carl
      Carl [Different person #1 using similar name]

      And I’ve just realised – I post from my ipad and laptop, it’s showing me up as “different person #1 using similar name”. I wonder if actually registering will stop that. Time to try…

      Jun 6, 2012 at 4:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Carl 1
      Carl 1

      @Olive Austin: Sometimes the attitudes of the latest generation stuns me. I’ve met more than a few people who think pride/CSD is just an excuse to party. So sad :(

      Jun 6, 2012 at 5:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Zach
      Zach

      Carl-Yes LGBT pride celebrations are basically seen by many as nothing but a reason to party. It’s like that even in Europe, and it’s been like this in the United States for decades which is why I don’t go to pride events anymore.

      Jun 7, 2012 at 1:16 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Carl 1
      Carl 1

      @Zach: I’ve found that smaller Pride events retain much of the spirit of protest and mutual support that has been lost in the larger events. I see it as community versus commercial. Community prides are a truly wonderful thing – Sheffield Pride which was held last Saturday is a fine example of that. Of course, there is some commercialisation present, but nothing like Manchester or Brighton. These smaller events have a much more ‘real’ atmosphere: I’ve found the larger commercial prides to be little more than meat markets, where the attendees are most concerned about racking up as many conquests as possible.

      So yeah, don’t give up on prides completely – find smaller, local prides to support, where the message is kept real. Despite being a happy day, Sheffield nonetheless brought home the reasons behind pride: before *every* main stage act, a voice recounted through the sound system why we have them. Murders. Discrimination. Assaults. Inequality. Matthew Shepard was mentioned, as I recall.

      Just in case some scream “hypocrisy!” because I’m attending Cologne’s CSD: that is a coincidence of timings, as the main intention is to visit a friend who is living there with her girlfriend, who works at a school. So, obviously, the best time is to visit during school holidays. Coupled with other events taking place (weddings etc), I had limited time lol So, I intend to enjoy myself. As much as my limited German will allow, anyway lol

      Jun 7, 2012 at 2:07 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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