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Readers Experiences

This is what people are saying about life for LGBTI people in GERMANY...
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Thomas and Marko (user currently living in GERMANY) posted for gay readers on 10/08/2012 tagged with at the work place, lgbt families, human rights, laws and leadership , sexual orientation, armed forces, marriage / civil unions +5
I'm in need of help . My husband and I are married in Germany . I'm an American and he is German . We got married in Germany and now being that I'm a
Department of defense commissary agency  employee ( i work for the usa army europe ) It has come time for me return to the USA . I can not get a green card for him due to DOMA . It all started march 18, 2011 my husband and I got married then 8 day later I was told by my grocery manager that I wouldn't be given an over seas tour extension, no reason was given and after talking to the store deputy ( who I told about my problem in detail) he said that he was told that a reason doesn't need to be given to me. I have made 2 EEO complaints dealing with discrimination and harassment. Because Deca ( commissary ) refused to. Help me in my problem . I was told that it was my fault for marrying a local national ( my husband is German) I should have thought about the consiquences before hand. Since then I have been fired while on sick leave . While fighting to keep my family together and to get my job back I still suffer from my work related sickness . I wait for help from any legal group willing to help us . My email is centilyen@yahoo.com
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(user currently living in GERMANY) posted for gay lesbian readers on 11/05/2011 tagged with at the work place, lgbt families, human rights, sexual orientation, marriage / civil unions +10
Germany still treats same-sex partnerships and heterosexual marriages differently, but the EU's top court says married couples or those in registered partnerships must get the same pension benefits. see: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,15066843,00.html
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(user currently living in GERMANY) posted for gay lesbian readers on 16/03/2010 tagged with tourism, adoption, lgbt families, marriage / civil unions +15
I'm living in a "Eingetragene Lebenspartnerschaft" (it's in some parts similar to the heterosexual marriage, in others, especially adoption, reproduction and tax rights there are big unjust differences). My wife gave birth to our son two years ago and we are both legal parents to him (since 2005 there is the possibility of adoption in "eingetragenen Lebenspartnerschaften", it's similiar to adoptions possible for step parents).
We never experienced bad discriminations. Sometimes people look or ask biased questions. But most of the time we get positive reactions.
To sum up, to live as a lesbian in Germany is not causing any big problems, but I admit not every thing is perfect yet.
Anyway, if any of you planing on visiting oder living in Germany, being gay is usually no problem.
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