City of Mülheim an der Ruhr and LGBT*I* community pull together

Since 2014, the city hall tower has displayed the rainbow flag every year on 28 June. The date commemorates the first known uprisings of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, trans* and inter* persons (LGBT*I*) against arbitrary police violence on Christopher Street in New York on 28 June 1969.

They were the beginning of a worldwide emancipation movement that points out violence and discrimination against LGBT*I* and is committed to acceptance and equality.

The city of Mülheim an der Ruhr has been supporting acceptance and equality of LGBT*I* for many years and not only through the symbolic act on 28 June. Mülheim an der Ruhr was one of the first municipalities in Germany to establish an LGBT*I* youth centre and a counselling centre with the support of the city. The facilities not only provide important support in cases of discrimination and in crisis situations, but above all enable community, commitment and visibility of LGBT*I* in Mülheim an der Ruhr.

“As a sign of acceptance, but also for (more) acceptance in all areas of society, the rainbow flag on the town hall tower is an important signal to all Mülheimers,” said Mayor Marc Buchholz. “We are happy to have the city of Mülheim an der Ruhr as a reliable partner at our side,” said Zero Liß from the SVLS e.V. board of directors, which runs the together youth centre and the Lebenslust counselling centre, after talking to Marc Buchholz. “Not only, but also on 28 June, the city and the community are pulling together,” adds Torsten Schrodt.

Photo: Mayor Marc Buchholz (centre) with SVLS board members Zero Liß (left) and Torsten Schrodt (right) on the town hall tower. (© + Photo: Walter Schernstein)