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Queer Clean & Sober Tattoo Artist

Recently, we sat down with Brody Polinsky in Berlin.  We talked about his journey as a queer, clean & sober tattoo artist.

Originally post on Bear Riker’s Berlin

Why did you feel the need for a queer safe space?

I have tattooed in a lot of other dynamics and spaces, even gay, yet never been totally comfortable in my own skin. Most were conventional tattoo studios, which can be hyper masculine and party environments. The personal dynamics between everyone in a studio sets the tone for the day and the outcome of the tattoo, in my opinion. It’s hard to leave your shit at the door and it really affects everyone around you.

Queer Clean & Sober Tattoo Artist

Queer Clean & Sober Tattoo Artist

Thus the clean and sober tag line?

Yep, I’ve been sober for 13 years, but only working my program the last 4 years, which makes all the difference. It is a super important part of who I am – tattooer, queer, skateboarder, traveler, motorbiker, cyclist, vegetarian, musician, blah blah blah.

Brody Polinsky Queer Clean & Sober

And the queer part?

Most of the gay identified tattooers I know aren’t blatantly out publicly, just by word of mouth. I can understand that apprehension, but for me being visible is important. Realizing that I was still insecure after 13 years being out was humbling, in many other cultures it’s just not possible. Even if you work in cities like San Francisco or Berlin it can negatively impact your career. I started to publish more about my life transparently last summer, it was tricky and have had some disappointing backlash. I felt that if I could reach out to one other human who could identify, that would be worth whatever happened.

Instagram is the current platform that tattooers use to publish their works, so I posted several video clips of me skating. I wrote my insecurities and sincere intentions to challenge others’ boundaries and my own. Initially I felt like I wanted to throw up, and for me that usually means I’ve made the right choice. I have lost a fair amount of public momentum, with some surprising support from other tattooers.

Berlin Queer Clean & Sober Tattoo Artist

I realized that so many other folks can not be out in their chosen working environments which really blew my mind. So, I decided to build a queer tattoo  Instagram, with satellite friends helping curate from thier perspectives. It’s a safe online space for queer clients to see where they can get tattooed called @queertattooers /www.queertattooers.tumblr.com

Tell us about UNIV ERSE

UNIV ERSE is my heart, representing my life, of which was built from scraps essentially. Physically, it was formerly a bubble gum pink spätkauf that we gutted, then arduously brought back to life. As we continue to evolve here and I go forward personally, UNIV ERSE produces more ongoing projects. It is where I feel the most grounded, motivated and grateful.

However you identify and why is up to you, come as you are, everyone is welcome. The normative box we are supposed to fit into keeps most queer folks out of tattoo studios. Unfortunately the most common vibe walking into popular tattoo studio is exclusivity not inclusivity, this is the antithesis of UNIV ERSE.

We often invite close friends for guest spots to keep up the critical new energy exchange. I intend to connect my cultures by drawing a line between them to manifest a radical community.

Trial and error has taught me that my energy works best in a private space where the creative process is more fluid. No one gets the same pattern twice, I often draw in that moment, I know where they want to get tattooed and my partner handles the admin side to keep my head together. Clients arrive, we drink tea, listen to good music, eat something, then we are ready. Each human’s form is sacred.

The ritual of tattooing for me is an intimate exchange  between the client and the tattooer. They put their trust in you, exposing their body to you, a raw human canvas. They’ve come seeking something to permanently change, consciously or subconsciously, it’s an honor for me every time.

Queer Clean & Sober Tattoo Artist

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Queer Clean & Sober Tattoo Artist

Recently, we sat down with Brody Polinsky in Berlin.  We talked about his journey as a queer, clean & sober tattoo artist.

Originally post on Bear Riker’s Berlin

Why did you feel the need for a queer safe space?

I have tattooed in a lot of other dynamics and spaces, even gay, yet never been totally comfortable in my own skin. Most were conventional tattoo studios, which can be hyper masculine and party environments. The personal dynamics between everyone in a studio sets the tone for the day and the outcome of the tattoo, in my opinion. It’s hard to leave your shit at the door and it really affects everyone around you.

Queer Clean & Sober Tattoo Artist

Queer Clean & Sober Tattoo Artist

Thus the clean and sober tag line?

Yep, I’ve been sober for 13 years, but only working my program the last 4 years, which makes all the difference. It is a super important part of who I am – tattooer, queer, skateboarder, traveler, motorbiker, cyclist, vegetarian, musician, blah blah blah.

Brody Polinsky Queer Clean & Sober

And the queer part?

Most of the gay identified tattooers I know aren’t blatantly out publicly, just by word of mouth. I can understand that apprehension, but for me being visible is important. Realizing that I was still insecure after 13 years being out was humbling, in many other cultures it’s just not possible. Even if you work in cities like San Francisco or Berlin it can negatively impact your career. I started to publish more about my life transparently last summer, it was tricky and have had some disappointing backlash. I felt that if I could reach out to one other human who could identify, that would be worth whatever happened.

Instagram is the current platform that tattooers use to publish their works, so I posted several video clips of me skating. I wrote my insecurities and sincere intentions to challenge others’ boundaries and my own. Initially I felt like I wanted to throw up, and for me that usually means I’ve made the right choice. I have lost a fair amount of public momentum, with some surprising support from other tattooers.

Berlin Queer Clean & Sober Tattoo Artist

I realized that so many other folks can not be out in their chosen working environments which really blew my mind. So, I decided to build a queer tattoo  Instagram, with satellite friends helping curate from thier perspectives. It’s a safe online space for queer clients to see where they can get tattooed called @queertattooers /www.queertattooers.tumblr.com

Tell us about UNIV ERSE

UNIV ERSE is my heart, representing my life, of which was built from scraps essentially. Physically, it was formerly a bubble gum pink spätkauf that we gutted, then arduously brought back to life. As we continue to evolve here and I go forward personally, UNIV ERSE produces more ongoing projects. It is where I feel the most grounded, motivated and grateful.

However you identify and why is up to you, come as you are, everyone is welcome. The normative box we are supposed to fit into keeps most queer folks out of tattoo studios. Unfortunately the most common vibe walking into popular tattoo studio is exclusivity not inclusivity, this is the antithesis of UNIV ERSE.

We often invite close friends for guest spots to keep up the critical new energy exchange. I intend to connect my cultures by drawing a line between them to manifest a radical community.

Trial and error has taught me that my energy works best in a private space where the creative process is more fluid. No one gets the same pattern twice, I often draw in that moment, I know where they want to get tattooed and my partner handles the admin side to keep my head together. Clients arrive, we drink tea, listen to good music, eat something, then we are ready. Each human’s form is sacred.

The ritual of tattooing for me is an intimate exchange  between the client and the tattooer. They put their trust in you, exposing their body to you, a raw human canvas. They’ve come seeking something to permanently change, consciously or subconsciously, it’s an honor for me every time.

Queer Clean & Sober Tattoo Artist

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Spencer Reed Life After Porn

Berlin is a pretty gay city, but it’s still impressive to run into a porn star on the U-Bahn.  Even more impressive when it’s Spencer Reed. 

We caught up with Spencer far from the drama of the porn world to chat about “retirement.”

Originally posted in Bear Riker’s Berlin

Spencer Reed Life After Porn

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Are you officially a “former” porn star?

Yes, I officially shot my last movie in January 2013. I have no plans of making any comebacks. I worked as a gay porn-star for about 6 years and shot well over 300 movies.

How did you get started?

I can’t say that I was ever very shy about getting naked. I was recruited by a bunch of companies all at once after I put a shirtless picture up on my myspace.com profile. I chose the company who made the best offer.

Which was?

Randyblue.com – I was exclusive with them for my first 6 months they were great to work with and treated me very well

What other studios did you work for?

Colt, Titan Men, Hot House, Falcon, Raging Stallion, Lucas Entertainment, Next Door Studios, Jake Cruies, Dominic Ford, Catalina Video, Cockyboys.com, kink.com, men.com, Dragon Media, Eurocreme, All Worlds Video, Jet Set Men, Mustang Studios, Alphamale Media, Cazzo, Stag Homme, Channel 1 Releasing and I’m sure many more, I just can’t think of right now. It’s a very long list

Wow, there was a time when you were in everyone, I mean everything LOL

Yes, you could say both.

What’s the difference between being a porn star and being a leather/kink porn star?

With fetish porn you have to be a bit more creative.  You also need some skill sets and knowledge of what you’re doing. It’s a bit more real and interactive than standard porn. With mainstream porn that is where you get the recognition and the big benefits. It’s good to work on both sides.

How different is the porn persona from the real Spencer Reed (guessing that’s a porn name).

Spencer Reed is actually my real name. I would say the real difference is I’m a very shy and quiet guy. When I was younger I used to be much more crazy and at every party. But these days I’m pretty chilled out and mellow. Most people mistake it for arrogance. But really it’s quite the opposite. Sexually though my persona is real. I’m pretty addicted to sex and a huge pig in bed. I don’t think that will ever change but these days its only with my husband because he’s the best.

We hear tragic stories of former porn stars – but you seem to have left at the top, why?

Well I think a lot of pornstars become addicted to feeling of being wanted and the constant ego boost and find it hard to move on. It’s really sad what seems to become the trend with some of the top pornstars. A lot where good friends. Every model has a shelf life. I was at the top and I did tons of movies. Most models shoot about 1 porn a month I was shooting at least 4 and traveling non stop. I was completely exhausted and felt I would soon be overexposed. So, I chose to move on.

Which brings us to Berlin.  What brings you to Germany?

Originally it was Hustlaball Berlin back in October 2010. Something about Berlin just drew me here and I had to keep coming back to figure it out. I felt right at home in Berlin, I love its edginess and live for its Techno scene. During one of my visits here I met a guy from Frankfurt and we could not be without each other. So, I came to live in Germany with him and we both wanted to make a start at a new life in Berlin. In April we got married and have made a very successful and happy start here in Berlin.

and a new career?

Well not exactly new, but more of an end for one career. I started to DJ almost two years ago now. But when I moved to Berlin I decided it was time to retire from my porn career and just focus on DJing.

Since I see you face about town, I’m guessing it’s going well?

Yes when I moved to Berlin things boomed for me DJ wise. I exploded onto the gay party scene here in Europe. I have landed a couple residencies here in Berlin and in Frankfurt. It’s really crazy how fast things took off. I already had a lot of great contacts and support from other DJs. I was able to get my music in the hands of the right people early on. I have now played all over Europe and as far as Dubai. My next big tour is to Asia in February I am really excited for that.

Do you miss porn?

Not really, porn made me tons of money and was fun in some ways. But it’s hard to build any type of solid foundation for life. You just can’t be a porn star forever. Also porn is a lot more work than people think especially in these big studio productions.

How would you describe your musical style?

I would say I play tech and tribal house. It really depends on the crowd. Some parties I play more high energy vocal music. Others I have a  much more dark, minimal, tech sound.  But I always love lots of percussion in all the music I play.

Do you have a favorite song or two of the moment?

I would say my #1 track right now is “unanswered question” by Ida Engberg and Adam Beyer it’s a super dark and deep but still full of energy. For a more house tune I would go with Icona Pop – I Don’t Care (Submission DJ Mashup).

Do you get recognized on the street in Berlin?

Yeah quite often but I find German guys to be a little more shy about saying anything to me. I usually just get the tweet or Facebook message later on “Omg I saw you in U-bahn today”

What was the strangest experience with a fan?

One time a fan chased me down in Kottbusser Tor wanting to take my picture. I mean this guy had to spot me from 500 m away. He just was really awkward and kept asking if he could take a picture of a scar on my face. He was an American tourist though.

Where do you want to be in 10 years?

I would really love to be a successful DJ and producer. I’m taking classes in electronic music production so I hope to start making some of my own music. I would also like to work on the promotional side of nightlife and make some parties. I don’t know where I would like to live though as I have moved around a lot. But my husband  and I are quite happy here in Germany.

We like to wrap up our interviews with a few Berlin quickies – ready?

Sure

Favorite eats?

I love all the little Vietnam and Thai restaurants in Berlin. One of my favorite hidden secrets is Schroeder’s near where I live in Wedding. Kuchi is probably my favorite sushi place. Eckstein in Nollendorfplatz is my favorite classic German food.

Favorite club?

Berghain is the best in the world

Favorite Shop?

Hard Wax Records – I spend a lot of money there

Cool, and if our readers want to follow where you are spinning (is that the still the right term?)?

We tend to call it “playing” now there term spinning is a little outdated… You can always check out the events page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/spencer.reed.x.

Spencer Reed Life After Porn

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Queer Voices Berlin Transgression

Berlin Transgression is a collection of untold stories of lovelorn queens of Berlin fighting to tear down a new, invisible wall which is the basis of our isolation.

The film documents how the transvestite, transgender and transsexual artists struggle between two genders, two identities, two lives. It sheds light on the life of the artists who perform mainly at gay bars and fetish clubs. We followed our main characters not only to back-stage but also to their homes where they opened up their hearts about their deepest dreams and desires. Directed by Joel Lei, Yuki Terada

Queer Voices Berlin Transgression

Queer Voices Berlin Transgression

Recently, we had a chance to sit down with Yuki to talk about the film and its KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN.

Can you tell us a little bit of your background?

I was born and raised in Japan and Joel is from China. I am a researcher but always dreamt of making a documentary film. I believe the documentary format provides one of the best ways to explore human stories. I met Joel at the University of Tokyo and we happened to travel to Berlin at the same time. We shared a passion for film, and started the Berlin Transgression documentary project.

Why does this story need to be told?

We believe that after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 there has not been a comprehensive and honest portrait of this group of struggling queer artists in Berlin. By hearing the stories told by these artists we gain a valuable insight into the LGBTQ community not only of Berlin but all over the world. 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, 2014 when our filming starts, Berlin is a haven for striving young artists and also a symbolic place for the freedom of action.

Berlin’s nightlife is famous for being mind-blowing, diverse, and shockingly open, as if without boundary. Berlin Transgression documents this, but also questions if this image of an un-walled, un-divided and undiscriminating sanctuary is the reality for our cast.

We aim to bring a better understanding of the LGBTQ community from both inside and outside. Berlin Transgression hopes to contribute to breaking down barriers between the queer community and the “outside world.” One of our goals is to increase the overall visibility of the queer community. To serve this end, we included different voices of the community: drag queens, drag kings, “tunten,” as well as transsexual and transgender artists currently active in Berlin. We learn about what it means to be in a community, and what work there is still to do. We learn about a new Berlin wall, one that is becoming the basis of our isolation and individuality.

What led you to Berlin Transgression?

In November 2014 I heard the news that Detox Icunt from RuPaul’s drag race was performing in Berlin, so I invited Joel to go with me because I knew it was going to be great. I’d been to drag shows several times before making this film, but this was my first time going to a show in Berlin. We met local drag queens and a drag king there and everything evolved naturally afterwards. The more we hear their stories, the more we feel the urge to capture and tell their stories to the world. So we quickly assembled an international team (including German cinematographer Jakob Seemann and Estonian photographer Reelika Ramot) and endeavoured to discover more about the community. Our characters not only opened a new world to us, but they also opened their hearts to us. The intimate moments we captured are an essential element in our film.

How were you received by the community? Were you considered outsiders?

First of all, Joel and I are both East Asian and female so we kind of stood out in gay bars. I think it was easy for people there to remember us. But I was so surprised by how welcoming the community in Berlin was and how diverse it is. Societies in general have a tendency to build a wall against the LGBT community (or for that matter any community that is considered “minority” or “different”) but the LGBT community itself is very inclusive. I hope that our film will be able to contribute to the idea that no one should be categorised as “outsiders”. We all share the desire to love and to be loved, while being accepted for who we are.

And what made you choose this element of the community to share their stories?

The communal aspect is, Joel and I believe, something everyone should pay more attention to. Nowadays, we live in a society which is too individualistic and profit driven, and it’s easy to forget how to listen to each other and support each other. Drag queens and queer artists in Berlin taught us friends can build a family together and overcome difficulties. In RuPaul’s words, “We as gay people, we get to choose our family. We get to choose the people that we’re around.”

With over 100 hours filmed, how do you edit that down to a 90 minute film?

We will have several chapters highlighting the issues of identity, community, and the characters dreams and desires. We followed about seven main characters. Some of them are gay and some of them are transsexuals living as females. Their individual stories have connections to each other, so we will edit the footage accordingly. The unique history of Berlin will also be shown. We interviewed drag queens who have been in the scene for several decades or more.

What surprised you most about your subjects?

Their openness, and the fact that they are vulnerable yet strong. While it is so common nowadays that people “edit” their lives and only show “perfection” on social media, the artists we followed were not afraid to share their stories of struggle and rejection. One of them said she has a “big shadow” over her life. It made me think that their true star on the stage might come from these inner reflections.

Their attitude towards life is very courageous. Those artists, even through difficult situations, never stopped communicating with the outside world. In fact, they are delivering important messages that I think everyone can relate to.

Do you remain in contact with any of them?

Absolutely! The first place Joel and I will go when we go back to Berlin will be the local gay bars where our characters perform.

Did you have a favorite hang out?  I recognize Hamburger Mary’s in your clips.

I loved all the locations as each one has different and unique aspects, but I am particularly fond of Lieblingsbar close to Nollendorfplatz, where Erna Pachulke hosts The Mitternachts-Show every Saturday. The show has a very intimate feeling. Erna also works at the bar during weekdays. It is the place where I can always drop by and talk to someone.

The bars where they perform are not one of those extravagantly designed theaters or music halls that middle-classed families frequent. They are small local gay bars, whose regular customers also have a 9-to-5 job. In the film, we follow our characters to their workplace, where they go every day to survive, as well as to the local gay bars, where, after a nine-hour working day, they live.

What’s it going to take to finish the film? Tell us about your fund raising effort.

We will be working with professional editors and musicians to show their performances and valuable moments at the highest quality. It is very important for us to reach our goal in the Kickstarter campaign (which runs until 17th March) as we feel it is our responsibility to bring the untold stories to a worldwide audience.

Our project has been featured in many different languages (Japan & China too), so we are expecting a worldwide audience. Backers with 25+ euro will get to see the film online once our post production is done as part of the rewards they get.

How much are you trying to raise?

Our goal is 10K Euro, including a fund for submitting the film to festivals. Visibility is the key and we believe that this film can help increase the visibility of those artists featured.

How will my support make a difference?

Since November 2014, the whole crew has been working on a voluntary basis. Thanks to the kind support of Camelot and our production company, BIGCOUNTRY.BERLIN, we managed to finish the production process with a very low budget. In this process more than 100 hours of footage has been captured. We will need your support to help us turn all this footage into a 90min long documentary which can help us bring our message to the world: “Let’s tear down the wall between us.”

With your support, our post-production crew will be able to work intensely in March and April. If everything goes smoothly, the film will be completed by August 2016!!!  Be a part of this amazing journey, and make Berlin Transgression happen!!!

Queer Voices Berlin Transgression

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Berlin SKIN WEEKEND 2015

November 5, 2015 10:00 amtoNovember 8, 2015 10:00 am

SKIN-WEEKEND 2015 – Berlin Leather and Fetish eV the popular BLF GAY SKINHEAD – WEEKEND in Berlin. Berlin, Germany.

Berlin SKIN WEEKEND 2015

The members of the BLF | Berlin Leather and Fetish eV are pleased to present for the 18th time the popular BLF GAY SKINHEAD – WEEKEND in Berlin.

DETAILS : klick here

As part of this weekend, there is again a great program for the Berlin SKINS and the numerous guests from home and abroad, which of the members of the BLF | Berlin Leder und Fetisch eV.

Berlin SKIN WEEKEND 2015

“Berlin Leder and Fetisch e.V.” was founded on April 16th 1998. Our goal was and still is to build a community for all gay men who are interested in the leather and fetish scene (rubber, uniform, biker, skin…). BLF is a registered non-profit association.

THE NAME
We deliberately put the words leather and fetish into the name. With its dynamic development in the past years the leather scene has created the possibility to live one’s own fetish as a gay man nearly everywhere. The leather and fetish scene has continued to grow enormously over the past years. Therefore, we are open for any masculine fetish.

THE BLF-Logo
It obviously reminds one of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Instead of columns of “our” Brandenburg Gate can you see the letters of our association. The  B=Berlin, L=Leather, F=Fetish.

MEMBERS
The BLF has members from all of Germany, from Switzerland, France, Great Britain, Denmark, Poland and the Netherlands. Everyone Volunteers can activ involved by many activities and events. Our members are volunteers and represent almost all fetishes. Each one lives his own fetish but all come together in the club: bikers, skins, rubber guys, sneaker lovers, leather and boot guys, army and uniform enthusiasts form a tolerant (and really great) community.

Here can you find our MEMBERGALLERY

Would you like to take part? [Learn more]

THE PRÄVENTION
The BLF has joined the project “Safety 4 Free” in 2008. An action of ManCheck (www.mancheck-berlin.de) for HIV prevention in the community. The members of the Berlin leather and fetish e. V. undertake to connect all parties and events with the call to SAFER SEX and to make condoms available.

2012, the BLF in cooperation with the Order of perpetual indulgence (Berlin) and the local WOOF an educational flyer on “Crystal Meth” released!

SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT
BLF organises not only events and meetings for leather and fetish enthusiasts but is also engaged in social matters inside and outside the club. Our club also helps members with social problems, the integration of gay men in society, as well as help with any problems that may result from disease such as AIDS, hepatitis. BLF does its best to offer assistance and support in such occasions.

You can find pictures and more information here about our social commitment and activities. Our social representative offers consultation and assistance for any questions and problems whether it is personal or connected with authorities or social security etc. Privacy, of cousre, is ensured.

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Queer Tango Festival Berlin 2015

July 23, 2015 10:00 amtoJuly 26, 2015 10:00 am

Internationales Queer Tango Festival – Germany and queer tango metropolis invites for the fifth time in a row: from 23- 26 July 2015 will again be in Berlin, the renowned Queer Tango Festival!

Berlin internally. Queer Tango Festival has established itself in the two four years one of the most successful QueerTango events worldwide. More than 200 registered participants came from all over the world to Berlin to get together to dance tango, learn to make friends and to make new contacts. The workshops with internally. Renowned tango dancers and lessons were booked and the nightly social events and milongas were very well attended. Especially the open and relaxed atmosphere has been repeatedly emphasized by the participants and guests. The end of July, there is now the fourth edition of the largest queer tango festivals in the world. Be part of the fascinating, magical world of Tango Queer. We look forward to seeing you!

Queer Tango Festival Berlin 2015

Queer Tango Festival Berlin 2015

 

Since 2009, Tango is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Even Berlin attracts year after year more Tango enthusiastic visitors, because the capital is the second largest metropolis in the world tango – equal to Buenos Aires. How convenient that both cities are already for some years now linked by a twinning. exchange and rapprochement, contact and communication, passion and dedication – that is the Tango. A unique opportunity for building bridges between different worlds. The International Queer Tango Festival Berlin has to connect the stated claim, the other shore of the Río de la Plata with the River Spree. But it will not only promote the dialogue between cultures, but contribute to the integration of lesbian, gay and transgender people on the social stage, which is also a projection of the long traditional heteronormative dance cultures to which the Tango is part.

Tango workshops with internationally renowned teachers, shows, milongas, concerts and many other activities are offered during the 4-day festival.

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Gay Night at the Zoo 2015

July 17, 2015

Gay Night at the Zoo – As a highlight of the summer season is now over the past ten years, the charming and unique GAY NIGHT AT THE ZOO. In the midst of elephants, tigers and penguins sing, geswingt celebrated casual danced and skipped. Berlin; Germany.

Gay Night at the Zoo 2015

Gay Night at the Zoo 2015

Luci van Org , Roman Shamov , Kay Ray and the grand BVG Orchestra under the direction ofYukari Ishimoto and Dirk Wucherpfennig provide the musical mood and will bring with her ​​songs and Swings also the last dance floor moving. The gay and lesbian open-air party in will be moderated Zoo Berlin this year by Gerhard Hoffmann.

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CSD ON THE SPREE 2015

June 25, 2015

“Christopher Street Day” auf der Spree – CSD ON THE SPREE is unique Berlin tradition: Sightseeing Tour and “demonstration” on the water combine with fun and culture made ​​within the CSD week a contribution to the rich spectrum of gay and lesbian clubs and big city life. CSD ON THE SPREE always takes place on Thursday before the Parade weekend.

CSD ON THE SPREE 2015

Many friends from home and abroad to travel at the start of the Berlin CSD week on Thursday (25.6.) To – because then drive our 10 Rainbow ships through Berlin. “Puschelalarm” is the visual code on all ships: pom poms decorate in a rainbow of colors not just have the boats and their guests, they are, above all, a visible sign of acceptance and tolerance – not only on the streets of Berlin, but also putting the Spree!

CSD ON THE SPREE 2015

In Berlin, the most beautiful time of the year begins with known June because then CSD on the Spree is back on a long journey! The boat parade on Christopher Street Day is growing in popularity. Gays, lesbians, transgender people and all those who stand up for diversity, tolerance and acceptance, celebrating ten rainbow ships and will lead us to CSD weekend. Astonished shore guests line the way from the Chancellery to the Museumplein and the Fischerinsel. The common closing party with the guests aboard all ships rounded the evening off in the bright lights of the Zenner Biergarten.

On the first weekend in August is Amsterdam during Gay Pride for a short time the capital of joy and love. The largest event of its kind in the Netherlands will be accompanied by special films, exhibitions, workshops and especially Parties that give gay community public a face.

The absolute highlight of the Gay Pride is the “Canal Parade”. Some 500,000 spectators celebrate with and marvel at the long boat parade through the Amsterdam canals.

What has Berlin with Amsterdam in common? At first glance, not necessarily the urban character, but definitely the waterways! Admittedly, the Amsterdam include some over Berlin canals, but the common is the boat parade for Gay Pride there – and CSD on the Spree here in Berlin!

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Respect Gaymes 2015

June 6, 2015

Respect Gaymes – On Saturday the 6th June 2015 the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Berlin-Brandenburg (LSVD) in Berlin Jahn Sports Park present the Respect Gaymes. Under the motto “Show respect for gays and lesbians,” the sports and cultural event for prejudice and discrimination-free co place already for the eighth Time this year. Around 700 athletes can have fun at the soccer and beach volleyball tournaments. Visitors can take part in rap and graffiti workshops, the Breakdance Battle or the other competitions cheer or live music on the main stage listening. For the first time this year there will be a tournament at the trendy sport Jugger. In the Action Area of the SV Empor is also present with basketball, chess and weightlifting have many sports activities. Another highlight will be like every year the VIP soccer tournament that pits personalities from politics, culture and the gay and lesbian community against each other. Berlin, Germany.

Respect Gaymes 2015

Respect Gaymes 2015

 

  • Around 700 athletes can let off steam at the football and beach volleyball tournaments.
  • Visitors can participate in various workshops, cheer when Breakdance Battle or other competitions or enjoy the live music on the main stage.
  • 6 youth bands play to the favor of the audience and the jury. They play their own songs and gecoverte and a respect song, the band apply with for an appearance at the Berlin CSD.
  • For the kids there is a bouncy castle next to a children’s Olympics by Rainbow Family Centre and the children football tournament from SV Empor.
  • Another highlight will be like every year the VIP football tournament, compete with the personalities from politics, culture and the gay and lesbian community to today.

 


Samstag, 6. Juni 2015, 10 bis 23 Uhr
Jahn-Sportpark, Cantianstr. 24, 10437 Berlin

Willkommen zu den Respect Gaymes 2015!

Am Samstag, den 6. Juni 2015 veranstaltet der Lesben- und Schwulenverband Berlin-Brandenburg (LSVD) im Berliner Jahn-Sportpark wieder die Respect Gaymes. Unter dem Motto „Zeig Respekt für Lesben und Schwule!“ findet das Sport- und Kultur-Event für ein vorurteils- und diskriminierungsfreies Miteinander zum 10. Mal statt.

Rund 700 Sportlerinnen und Sportler können sich bei den Fußball- und Beachvolleyball-Turnieren austoben. Besucherinnen und Besucher können an verschiedenen Workshops teilnehmen, beim Breakdance Battle oder den anderen Wettkämpfen mitfiebern oder der Live-Musik auf der Hauptbühne lauschen. 6 Jugendbands spielen um die Gunst des Publikums und der Jury. Sie spielen eigene und gecoverte Songs und einen Respekt Song, mit dem die Bands sich für einen Auftritt beim Berliner CSD bewerben. Für die kleinen gibt es neben einer Hüpfburg auch eine Kinder-Olympiade vom Regenbogenfamilienzentrum sowie das Kinderfußballturnier vom SV Empor. Ein weiterer Höhepunkt wird wie jedes Jahr das VIP-Fußball-Turnier sein, bei dem Persönlichkeiten aus Politik, Kultur und der lesbisch-schwulen Community gegeneinander antreten.

Detaillierte Infos findet ihr unten unter dem Punkt Programm. Darunter befindet sich auch ein genauer Zeitablauf.

Der Eintritt ist frei!

Wir freuen uns übrigens über jede Unterstützung als Sponsor, Kooperationspartner wie auch über ehrenamtliche Mithilfe. Interesse? Ideen? Schickt uns eine unverbindliche Anfrage:Sacha.Koenig@lsvd.de

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XPOSED International Queer Film Festival 2015

May 21, 2015toMay 24, 2015

 

XPOSED International Queer Film Festival – Originally, the International Queer Short Film Festival was launched to the public in Berlin to present queer short films from Australia. Meanwhile, the view has expanded: the organizers present in the last few years, films from Canada, Korea, Turkey, India and the Middle East. The festival not only shows the latest queer short films from different countries, but its focus is primarily on identifying and developing the state of queer life of the region. Therefore, the organizers also look for lost treasures and film classics of queer film scene. Berlin, Germany.

The Program for the 10th edition of XPOSED to be announced on 4th May, 2015

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It’s about eXposure and eXposing. It’s about fun, it’s about Berlin and the rest of the Queer World!

The XPOSED international queer short film festival Berlin was created to screen award winning Australian Queer short films to an international audience, however as the festival grew so did it’s outlook, not only did we want to create International exposure for Australian Queer Film, but also to Queer Films from other regions as well.

The best way to shine a light on Queer life in another land is to mark it with a giant X and open peoples eyes to it, therefore, the festival grew into it’s new focus. Every year we would dedicate to a specific region around the world and bring queer stories from these lands to an International audience in Berlin. Not only have we XPOSED Queer Australian short films, but also short films from Canada, Korea, Turkey, Germany, Spain & The Middle East.

 

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