- Title: Germany's unofficial gay capital Cologne hosts Christopher Street Day parade
- Date: 9th July 2017
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (German) BY-STANDER, MARIA KLINKERT, SAYING ABOUT GAY MARRIAGE RECENTLY LEGALISED BY PARLIAMENT: "That's great and I think it's right. Everyone has to know for himself what he wants to do with his life. I love my husband and if a woman loves a woman, so be it. I am open for everything." (SOUNDBITE) (German) BY-STANDER, JENNY LIERMANN, SAYING ABOUT GAY MARRIAGE RECENTLY LEGALISED BY PARLIAMENT: "In Holland it already exists, also in Belgium and I think it's great that it's now possible here too. They are finally allowed to adopt children. That's fantastic. It couldn't be better." T-SHIRT READING IN ENGLISH "NO RACISM, NO SEXISM, NO HOMOPHOBIA" OVERSIZED PLASTIC MALE GENITAL ON MAN'S HAT WIDE OF PEOPLE, SOME DRAPED IN RAINBOW FLAGS
- Embargoed: 23rd July 2017 15:05
- Keywords: Christopher Street Day gay lesbian parade rainbow Cologne
- Location: COLOGNE, GERMANY
- City: COLOGNE, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Human Interest / Brights / Odd News
- Reuters ID: LVA0036OZU1Y1
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- Story Text:Several hundred thousand people, according to German police, attended Cologne's annual Christopher Street Day gay and lesbian pride parade on Sunday (July 9), wearing colourful and often outrageous costumes.
Some 30,000 participants on floats, on foot and even on micro scooters, crossed the city's Deutz bridge over the Rhine river, dancing to different types of music.
The speaker system of an escorting police car announced "newly weds Bea and Gabi," two women who tied the knot after Germany's parliament voted by a wide margin to legalise same-sex marriage on June 30.
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