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Welcome to the Rainbow Web Portal!

A child has been born intersex and you’d like to know more about the topic? How can you support somebody close to you who is coming out? How can you change your name and gender on documents so that they match your gender identity? And where can you get advice on any of these or other issues?

The pages of this website offer information on topics relating to diversity of sexual orientation and gender in everyday life.

This website has been created for everyone who is interested in these topics. We hope it can offer extra support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, and intersex people, as well as their friends and relatives. The information we offer should also be useful for people whose work involves engaging with people of diverse gender identities and sexual orientations.

Our English language pages include about 30 fact sheets covering a variety of topics.

By clicking on "Anlaufstellen" on the main page of the German website you can find information about drop-in centres, advice and counselling, educational and leisure activities, self-help groups and advocacy groups spread across the whole of Germany. Some of these are available in English. You can use the search tool to find available support services in English.

We welcome you to use the Rainbow Web Portal for information and guidance on everything relating to diversity of sexual orientation and gender in everyday life.

We look forward to receiving your feedback and comments, which can be sent in either German or English via e-mail to info(at)regenbogenportal.de.

 

Sexual Orientation

Sexual Orientation 
Oksana loves women. Manuel also loves women. Denize does not care about gender when falling in love. So, is there still a need to talk about it? 

Bisexual – not homo, not hetero, not visible? 
In modern times, being bisexual is no longer a problem. It’s even trendy, some argue. But still, the presence of bi people is surprisingly scarce. Why?

Coming out as gay / lesbian / bi / pan / queer 
How do I tell others that I’m not heterosexual? Do I even have to come out? A friend wants to come out; how can I be there for my friend?

Marriage and registered life partnership 
Who is allowed to marry? What documents are required? What happens to registered life partnerships of same-sex couples since marriage is now open to them?

Healing Homosexuals? Conversion treatments 
There are still people who believe homosexuality is a disease. Conversion therapies are designed to ‘fix’ an individual’s sexual orientation. What are these treatments? How can homosexual people protect themselves from being forced to use these therapies?

Being queer and religious 
Religion and homosexuality are often considered opposites. For people who do not fit into a man-woman binary, religious contexts can be difficult too. How, then, do lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or inter people who are also religious deal with the current prejudices?

Young and gay, lesbian, bi, pan, a, queer ... 
"Boys fancy girls; girls fancy boys". But for you it’s different somehow? Or perhaps you are not quite sure yet? Here are some tips for you.

Rainbow family 
Parents too can be lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, or queer. It sounds logical and simple – but is it really?

My child is lesbian / gay / bi 
When a child comes out as homo- or bisexual, many parents are confronted with questions such as: How can I best support my child? How do I deal with my worries? Have I done something wrong?

Respecting and becoming an ally to lesbians, gays and bisexuals 
Everyone can support and become an ally to lesbians, gays and bisexuals. How can you become an ally?

Things that matter to lesbian, gay and bisexual people 
Lesbian, gay and bisexual people have one thing in common – their love and sexuality is still not accepted everywhere. Also, their experiences are very diverse.

LGBTI in the context of asylum  
What can you expect at the hearing? What are your rights? How can you protect yourself from violence and discrimination in your asylum shelter?

Living a self-determined life as LGBTIQ person with disability 
People with disability are often granted less self-determination than those without. How can LGBTIQ persons with disability love and live a self-determined life? How can they empower themselves? What are their rights?

LGBTIQ People Who Experience Racism Within the LGBTIQ Community
Being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex in Germany is not the same for everyone. LGBTIQ Black Germans, Roma and Sinti, People of Colour, people who have a history of migration and other LGBTIQ people who experience racism are dealing with racism, both outside of and within the LGBTIQ community.

 

Trans

Trans – what? 
Most people identify their entire life with the gender entered on their birth certificate and remain attached to this gender role, which is seemingly, pre-decided. For some, however, this is not the case.

Changing name or gender status with the "Transsexual Law" (TSG) 
The German “Transsexuellengesetz” (Transsexual Law) regulates the change of name or gender status on official documents if a person does not identify with the name or gender assigned at birth. The following needs to be considered.

Respecting trans* people and showing solidarity 
Some people feel uncomfortable when they come face to face with trans* people or persons who they cannot clearly identify as man or woman. They want to know how they can stand in solidarity with trans*people and act supportive as a team member in an association, an uncle or a neighbour. 

Coming out as trans* or transsexual 
How do I tell others that I have a different gender than the one they assume? How do I decide the extent to which I should come out at all? What can make my coming out easier?

My child is (maybe) trans* 
“Daddy, I am really not a boy.” If your child does not identify with the sex assigned at birth, as a parent you will be suddenly confronted with many questions. We offer you some answers.

Young and trans* 
Some children and youth feel: "I am not really a girl (or a boy)." Others say: "I am trapped in the wrong body." Here are some tips for you.

Access to gender-affirming procedures
What do I need to do to get a prescription or funding for hormones, surgery or other gender-affirming treatments?

Trans* about Trans* 
Nowadays, we can find a lot of material about trans* or transsexual people. Here, trans* people have the space to share their stories.

Being Queer and religious 
Religion and homosexuality are often considered opposites. For people who do not fit into a man-woman binary, religious contexts can be difficult too. How, then, do lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or inter people who are also religious deal with the current prejudices?

Rainbow family 
Parents too can be lesbian, gay, bisexual trans-, intersexual, or queer. It sounds logical and simple – but is it really?

LGBTI in the context of asylum  
What can you expect at the hearing? What are your rights? How can you protect yourself from violence and discrimination in your asylum shelter?

F / M / Diverse / Blank: The Sex Marker
According to the German Civil Status Act (Personenstandsgesetz), newborns must be registered with their name and sex. Since 2013 it has been possible to leave the sex marker blank, and since 2018 it is also possible to choose the option “diverse”. How does a person obtain and/or change their respective official sex?

LGBTIQ People Who Experience Racism Within the LGBTIQ Community
Being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex in Germany is not the same for everyone. LGBTIQ Black Germans, Roma and Sinti, People of Colour, people who have a history of migration and other LGBTIQ people who experience racism are dealing with racism, both outside of and within the LGBTIQ community.

 

Intersex

Inter – what?
Not all human beings are born as boys and girls into this world. There is little information about intersex people and there are also some half-truths in circulation. What is certain though, is that there is a sizeable number of intersex people.

Coming out as intersex
What are the benefits of telling others about being intersex? What are the disadvantages? What is useful to consider when coming out?

My child is intersex
The question "boy or girl?" is sometimes not easy to answer and often confronts parents with a tough situation.

Right to physical integrity – also for intersex people?
Most people take the right of control over one’s own body and protection from untoward interventions for granted. However, intersex people often have different experiences.

Young and intersex
Some people have a boy’s body and others have a girl’s body. And some have an intersex body – the following information is for you.

Respecting intersex people and showing solidarity  
If someone tells you that he/she is intersex; you might be very surprised at first and ask yourself: How should I behave? What kind of support might that person want?

Intersex people in conversations with other intersex people
Intersex people are either not a part of public discourse or, they are used as examples to show that, legal, medical and social categorization into men and women is not working properly. So what do inter* people have to say about their own lives?

Being Queer and religious 
Religion and homosexuality are often considered opposites. For people who do not fit into a man-woman binary, religious contexts can be difficult too. How, then, do lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or inter people who are also religious deal with the current prejudices?

Rainbow family 
Parents too can be lesbian, gay, bisexual trans-, intersexual, or queer. It sounds logical and simple – but is it really?

LGBTI in the context of asylum 
What can you expect at the hearing? What are your rights? How can you protect yourself from violence and discrimination in your asylum shelter?

F / M / Diverse / Blank: The Sex Marker
According to the German Civil Status Act (Personenstandsgesetz), newborns must be registered with their name and sex. Since 2013 it has been possible to leave the sex marker blank, and since 2018 it is also possible to choose the option “diverse”. How does a person obtain and/or change their respective official sex?

LGBTIQ People Who Experience Racism Within the LGBTIQ Community
Being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex in Germany is not the same for everyone. LGBTIQ Black Germans, Roma and Sinti, People of Colour, people who have a history of migration and other LGBTIQ people who experience racism are dealing with racism, both outside of and within the LGBTIQ community.