Video: Sven Lehmann: The government’s first queer commissioner

For the first time in history, the German federal government has a queer commissioner: His name is Sven Lehmann and he belongs to the Greens. Among other things, he is now fighting for children to be able to have more than two parents in the future and for the protection status for sexual diversity to be enshrined in the Basic Law. The expertise for these topics comes partly from his own biography, as the 42-year-old member of the Bundestag recently said in Berlin: “And I also campaigned for justice and social issues very early on and then, of course, when I came out with myself 22 and met my husband there, with whom I’m still together, I also noticed how unusual it is for many people to be able to simply say: I love a man, I love a woman. And that’s why it was for me clear that I am committed to these issues. I have been doing this for 20 years and now also in the federal government.” Manuela Kay is the publisher of the queer Berlin city magazine Siegessäule. She sees the political decision for a queer officer in Germany as absolutely positive: “That could really mean a queer-political spring. You can see it too: the position was funded with 70 million euros. That’s not nothing and always shows a certain seriousness in politics. Am I also willing to spend money on publicity? Can the person really make a difference? He can do that. 70 million euros for a national action plan is really something that you can use to implement something I can conclude from this that it is meant seriously. I also conclude that Sven Lehmann just gets a little advance praise from me, from his biography, from the fact that he really knows what he is talking about. That is at least it’s meant seriously.” Sven Lehmann’s new job has already attracted a lot of attention both nationally and internationally: “Well, I was personally very surprised by it, but I was positively surprised at the response it triggered internationally, in France, in the USA, in Spain, I got letters from everywhere, etc. The DFB, for example, got in touch and also said: We also want to work together on matters of diversity and acceptance. So obviously the federal government also hit a nerve with this decision .” It is therefore an important and interesting signal that the federal government is sending out. In doing so, she also pays tribute to the new parliament, which is significantly younger and more diverse than in previous years. But according to Sven Lehmann, there is still a long way to go before the whole country will be represented in all its colorful diversity.


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