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Lesben- und Schwulenverband in Deutschland (LSVD), German for the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany, is the largest non-governmental LGBT rights organisation in Germany. It was founded in 1990 and is part of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA).[1]

Lesben- und Schwulenverband in Deutschland
Founded18 February 1990 (1990-02-18)
FounderEduard Stapel
TypeLGBT rights
FocusLesbian and gay rights and welfare
Area served
Key people
Klaus Jetz
Jacques Teyssier
Formerly called
SVD (Schwulenverband in der DDR)

The organisation became known throughout Germany for its campaign for same-sex marriage in 1992. The LSVD was founded in Berlin, but is currently based in Cologne.

LSVD was formed as the Schwulenverband in der DDR (SVD) in 1990 and campaigned successfully to equal rights for a same-sex partnership.

Manfred Bruns,[2] Volker Beck,[3] Eduard Stapel,[4] Günter Dworek[5] and Halina Bendkowski[6] were prominent persons in the Board of Directors. People from the arts like Comic-Designer Ralf König, comedian Hella von Sinnen,[7] director Rosa von Praunheim, from politics and from science like sexologist Rolf Gindorf and others are prominent individual members of the organisation.

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  1. ^ LSVD - Founding Archived 24 November 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Hat die Homo-Ehe was gebracht?". (in German). Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Biographie". Volker Beck. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Eddi Stapel: Bürgerrechtler und Vorkämpfer der DDR-Schwulenbewegung verstorben". az-online (in German). 5 September 2017. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  5. ^ "siegessäule - queer Berlin -Der LSVD wird 20!". Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  6. ^ "25 Jahre LSVD – Für Respekt und Vielfalt". (in German). Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Hella von Sinnen und Cornelia Scheel gehen getrennte Wege". (in German). Retrieved 7 February 2019.

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