Sven Lehmann Assumes Brand New Position as Germany’s LGBTQ+ Commissioner

Sven Lehmann has stepped into this brand-new position for Germany as LGBTQ+ commissioner. This is undoubtedly a massive win for the community with Sven commenting that “Everyone should be able to live freely, […]

LGBTQ+ News Politics Triston Brewer

This article was published on February 7th, 2022

Sven Lehmann has stepped into this brand-new position for Germany as LGBTQ+ commissioner. This is undoubtedly a massive win for the community with Sven commenting that “Everyone should be able to live freely, safely, and with equal rights. We also need a broad strategy to combat hatred directed at groups — which explicitly includes queerphobia.

Sven has stepped into this role after campaigning for a whopping 20 years.

His new role and formal title is Commissioner for the Acceptance of Sexual and Gender Diversity. It’s a role newly created under the new coalition government’s plan. Germany is now known for its progressive stance on sexual equality, however Germany only started to allow same-sex marriages in 2017. There are still some laws discriminating against same-sex marriages and Lehmann hopes to fix this in his new position. 

“Since marriage for all became law, since it has been possible for everyone to marry the partner they want, many have believed that now absolute equality has been achieved,” Lehmann said. “But it hasn’t. One of these laws is that of lesbian couples with a child – the law states that only one of the women is considered a parent, forcing the other to adopt the child, a tedious, expensive, and lengthy process. Lehmann said, “If lesbian couples have a child, both women should be considered legal mothers”.

The Lehmann Agenda to Upend Discrimination

Lehmann will set his sights on educating the public, police, hospitals, and judiciary on how to deal with sexual and gender diversity in his fight to stop discrimination. He noted that Germany still has a long way to go and especially with solidarity from its neighboring countries such as Poland and Hungary where there have been many struggles regarding discrimination.

It’s in these countries where the church and the state agitate against their countries’ minorities as part of their official program, where it is essentially forbidden for people to adapt to the gender they identify with. He said that it’s nothing more than equality for all people, but also nothing less. In countries like Russia, it is illegal to simply kiss someone in the street, with the countries’ citizens fearing to go to prison for it. 

Sven, 42 years old, has been with his husband since he came out at age 22. He says that when he thinks about the fact that young people are afraid to come out at school or their sports clubs, that Germany has not come far enough, and he hopes to change this. 

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