Bremen for gays and lesbians
Flying the rainbow flag in the Hanseatic city
Wärmer Bremen, a deliberate play on words based on Werder Bremen football club and the German colloquialism warm for 'queer', is the name of the city's premier gay and lesbian sports club. The gay and lesbian scene is well established in our city, a place which has a tradition of tolerance and sets nationwide trends. Bremen is without doubt a gay-friendly destination.
The Gay Carnival that took place here in 1979 was one of Germany's first demonstrations pushing for acceptance and equality. In the heart of Bremen's most hip-and-happening quarter, Ulrichsplatz square commemorates the pioneer of the gay rights movement, the lawyer Karl Heinrich Ulrichs.
Bremen Carnival in its present-day incarnation is the biggest samba carnival in Europe and a high-profile event in which lots of gay and lesbian groups get involved.
Tens of thousands of people gather together in the neighbouring town of Oldenburg for the Christopher Street Day of North-West Germany. The entire region in and around Bremen has so much to offer for gays and lesbians. At bremen.gay-web.de you can find out about upcoming events as well all the latest from the scene including news, photo galleries from club nights and much more besides.
Held in the Magazinkeller of the Schlachthof arts centre, the stand.up parties have been synonymous with a bouncing atmosphere and bizarre themes for more than 20 years. The mother of all queer club nights in the Bremen region is the Pink Party at Modernes, which forms part of the Christopher Street Day celebrations.
Even Bremen's number one volksfest has joined in the fun: every year since 1999, a gay and lesbian party has taken place on a Monday during the Freimarkt in October. The popular German transvestite Lilo Wanders and the Weather Girls are among those who have appeared there. Many of the gay bars and clubs also host special 'after-Freimarkt' parties.
Another event that coincides with the Freimarkt is queer it!, the region's biggest gay and lesbian extravaganza, which sees up to 1,200 people celebrate together in almost all rooms of the Schlachthof. An annual tradition for fans of leather and latex is the Fetish Festival in Leder-Club Nordwest.
Movie-goers of all persuasions will love the queerfilm Bremen festival. An entertaining and thought-provoking mix of the latest feature films, documentaries and shorts will be screened over six days in partnership with Kino 46. There will also be question and answer sessions with the directors and a wide range of additional entertainment.