Activity of Lesben- und Schwulenverband in Deutschland (LSVD), The Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany
Aims and objectives
LSVD was originally founded as the Gay Men's Federation in Germany (SVD) in the East German city of Leipzig in 1990, drawing on the democratic movement in the former GDR to frame the issue of gay rights in terms of civil rights. In 1999, the organisation expanded to become the LSVD, which aims to represent issues facing lesbians as well as gay men. The LSVD supports and aids the gay and lesbian community with issues of legal and social discrimination, marginalisation and violence, while also aiming to improve the situation of lesbian and gay rights in German society by promoting personal emancipation, greater political and social participation and opportunities for full integration into society. LSVD is Germany's biggest Gay and Lesbian Federation. It includes more than 3,300 individual members and 80 member organisations.
The Organisations structure is a federal one: apart from the organisation on the national level, there are associations in the different federal states and in several cities. The Federation believes that fighting for the interests of gays and lesbians means organising in the political and social mainstream and being visible. It's aim is to be present in the media, to lobby parliaments, governments and the relevant authorities. The Federation has prepared detailed legal briefs on relevant legislation such as the registered partnership law or antidiscrimination legislation, it takes part in parliamentary hearings on legislation and it holds meetings with government ministers and their staff.
Name: Lesben- und Schwulenverband in Deutschland (LSVD), The Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany
Stakeholder: Civil society organisation
Area of intervention: Men and gender equality
Organisation Country: Germany
Organisation Zip Code: 50474
Organisation Phone: 0221-925961-0
Name: Klaus Jetz