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GERMANY

Male to Male relationships: Legal
Punishments for male to male relationships: No law
Female to Female Relationships: Legal
Age of consent: Equal for heterosexuals and homosexuals
Marriage and Substitutes for Marriage: Equal/almost equal substitute nationally recognized
Adoption: Yes

Your Views

Are you LGBTI? We want to hear from you! Help us inform other users of the site with your views on this country. Below is a random question about this country. If it is relevant to you please answer it.

Does GERMANY recognize your same-sex marriage from another country?

The majority of people visiting this site have said Yes, but as an unequal civil union

No (7%) Yes, but as an unequal civil union (84%) Yes, but as an equal civil union (7%) Yes (0 %)

The Your Stories section is all about you! Please take a minute to tell visitors of the ILGA website about what LGBTI life is like in reality. Please submit your personal story and share your experience!

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Readers Experiences

This is what people are saying about life for LGBTI people in GERMANY...
(user currently living in GERMANY) posted for readers on 08/11/2013 tagged with sexual orientation +10
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For me coming out was not an issue of acceptance from my parent's side but from my own realization. I was tought by my parents the values of tolerance and acceptance and I always supported the idea of being gay and living out one's sexuality.

But I never even wondered once if I, myself, could be a lesbian and when I first had the idea that I'm attracted to women I noticed that being gay becomes something else when one is directly conneted to it than just looking at it from a distance.

So before I came out to my parents I wanted to make sure that I knew what I was on about. It was the first time I got deeper into the topic and that is actually quite sad because in school when it was time to talk about sex, sexual behaviour and sexuality in 6th grade there was never even one sentence about homosexuality and I'm sure that if I would have been earlier into the topic I would have realized that I am gay sooner.

Nevertheless now I know and my parents know and like I expected they are supportif and don't care about my sexual orientation. I wish everyone would be as tolerant as them.
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(user currently living in GERMANY) posted for readers on 08/11/2013 tagged with sexual orientation +10
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For me coming out was not an issue of acceptance from my parent's side but from my own realization. I was tought by my parents the values of tolerance and acceptance and I always supported the idea of being gay and living out one's sexuality.

But I never even wondered once if I, myself, could be a lesbian and when I first had the idea that I'm attracted to women I noticed that being gay becomes something else when one is directly conneted to it than just looking at it from a distance.

So before I came out to my parents I wanted to make sure that I knew what I was on about. It was the first time I got deeper into the topic and that is actually quite sad because in school when it was time to talk about sex, sexual behaviour and sexuality in 6th grade there was never even one sentence about homosexuality and I'm sure that if I would have been earlier into the topic I would have realized that I am gay sooner.

Nevertheless now I know and my parents know and like I expected they are supportif and don't care about my sexual orientation. I wish everyone would be as tolerant as them.
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