Christopher Street Day (CSD) has finally arrived in the mainstream. The “Pride Parade”, with which the queer community moves through Berlin every summer, had to be canceled this year due to the corona virus. That’s why she moved to the Internet to promote the visibility of her life and love designs via stream – via “mainstream”, that’s what the organizers call him with a wink.
The swipe against himself, having arrived in the cozy center of society after 51 years of Pride parades, could be understood programmatically. Jasmin Senken, one of the four board members of the association, which organizes the CSD and is an important mouthpiece for the queer community, gave a remarkable interview about marginalized people who discriminate against other, even more marginalized, in the course of the broadcast, which is distributed via streaming. She spoke about racism among gays, lesbians and transsexuals. It was about the “Causa Nina Queer”.
In 2017, the drag queen Nina Queer had a message on Facebook that a gay couple of five young people with a migration background was insulted and beaten, commenting on Facebook as follows: “Immediately deport. Whether born in Germany or not. If you want to have stress, you can do it definitely find a great war zone. ” The SPD then fired Nina Queer as a tolerance ambassador, she fell out of favor in the community – but not with everyone in the scene. This year she is organizing the “CSD am See”, the unofficial after party, which is supposed to be celebrated a little in the evening, with a distance of 1.5 meters, hygiene concept and swimwear contest.
The community looks inwards
Because the emphasis on unofficial Afterparty, the CSD team cannot be accused of having invited Nina Queer; the accusation came anyway at a press conference. The distance from the drag queen, as demanded by a journalist, turned out to be half-hearted there, according to Semken’s descriptions, which is why she was now interviewed by the rapper Sookie to clarify a few things. Although: It was actually Sookie who talked, Semken, the interviewee, had very few parts of the conversation. The rapper spoke about structural racism and necessary learning processes; she proposed a “racism-critical look at the history of the CSD” to “make a catalog and ask what can we do”. Semken, who jokingly described herself as a “fat old lesbian” to the young woman, replied to the question whether the CSD should not have been given a focus on racism this year: “That would have been an option, we didn’t think about it . “
But even without an official focus, racism was a central topic of this year’s CSD. Semken’s association recommended a new rainbow flag to be used, with two additional colors: brown and black – the so-called Philly flag, which was first shown in the US city of Philadelphia and also includes People of Color in the queer community. It is not yet clear whether the new flag will remain, Semken told the SZ, that the community has to decide, but they wish it very much.
Apart from the controversy surrounding Nina Queer, the digital Pride Parade was quiet and fragmented, very different from usual. Associations that campaign for the rights of gays, readers and transgender people presented their work one after the other, with partly heart-warming homemade films and in group interviews. The CSD team had set up a studio in Berlin for this. Musicians sang, film curators talked about queer films. In between a lot of advertising and articles that were probably also advertising, but should not look like it, such as video messages from the “We drive proud” team from Volkswagen.
The debate about queer racism somewhat overshadowed the other political demands the club traditionally uses to raise the CSD. This year, on behalf of the community for so-called rainbow families, the organizers called for legal equality with heterosexual parents, the abolition of the transsexual law, solidarity with those affected in Hungary and Poland, where politics is becoming increasingly hostile to queers, also with Fridays for Future, and of course with Black Lives Matter movement.