Germany: Esslingen am Neckar hosts first Christopher Street Day
Wednesday, July 5, 2023
Police estimated between 1,200 to 1,500 people took part in the march, holding banners with messages such as "queer struggle is ((de))German language: queerer Kampf ist Klassenkampf: in 2017, the reported that gay and bisexual men earn on average 12% less per hour (about €2) than their heterosexual colleagues."
Koalick added that they would like to see more publicity around future events and "a bigger route for the parade": "[I] would have wanted to decorate the town more." However, they said: "all in all I'm really happy with how the first pride of Esslingen came to be a thing"; "I am very positively surprised".
On the social attitudes towards LGBT people in Germany, Koalick said "there are more inclusive spaces and less inclusive spaces. Baden-Württemberg is one of the more conservative spaces", where "old people around here are actual sweethearts that cheer us on" but some "[t]eenagers and young adults go out of their way to show us that we aren't accepted". Nevertheless, they said there is "the teeniest [tiniest] improvement": "old people starting to listen", but teenagers "and [young adults] aren't really open to learn yet".
- Esslinger Zeitung. "Zum @csd.esslingen sind mehr Leute gekommen, als die Veranstalter erwartet haben" — , June 17, 2023 ()
- "Erster Christopher Street Day in Esslingen" — , June 17, 2023 ()
- "Gays men in Germany face pay discrimination" — , August 31, 2017 ()