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Readers Experiences

This is what people are saying about life for LGBTI people in GERMANY...
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(user currently living in GERMANY) posted for readers on 08/11/2013 tagged with sexual orientation +10
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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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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