Saxony: 20,000 people celebrate the end of Christopher Street Day

Leipzig (dpa/sn) - The Christopher Street Day (CSD) in Leipzig reached its colorful climax on Saturday.

Saxony: 20,000 people celebrate the end of Christopher Street Day

Leipzig (dpa/sn) - The Christopher Street Day (CSD) in Leipzig reached its colorful climax on Saturday. "An estimated 20,000 people came to the rally and the demonstration through the city center," said CSD spokeswoman Jasmin Graewel. As before, the demands for freedom, equal treatment and respect must be taken to the streets. During the demonstration, many colorful, sometimes garishly dressed people marched through the city - the procession was accompanied by several DJs on open trucks. According to the police, everything went peacefully. The Prideball in the Täubchenthal was supposed to conclude the CSD in the evening.

The CSD Leipzig began a week ago on Friday with the hoisting of the rainbow flag at the New Town Hall. This year, for the 30th time, the CSD movement in the trade fair city celebrated a complete week of action under the motto "30 years of CSD Leipzig - respect for everyone!". "We draw a positive balance. The numerous events such as films, workshops, lectures and discussions were very well attended," stressed Graewel.

Christopher Street Day takes place every year in many cities around the world and commemorates the events of June 28, 1969: at that time, police officers stormed the New York gay and lesbian bar "Stonewall Inn" on Christopher Street, triggering multi-day protests by gays, lesbians and transsexuals. The CSD is intended to remind of the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender, intersex and queer people.

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