Thousands of people celebrated the Christopher Street Day parade in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.
Thousands marched in Berlin Saturday where the city’s traditional Gay Pride rally this year targeted homophobia in sport.
Activists in Germany, hosts of the 2011 women’s football world cup opening Sunday, called for discrimination against gay people “to be shown the red card” and a greater acceptance of sexual diversity in the sporting world.
“For the most part, ‘coming out’ is still the exception in sport,” organisers said, particularly in the football world where FIFA remains silent on the issue of homosexuality, they added.
Participants, many of them in costume, were accompanied by more than 50 musical floats as they marched through the streets of the capital ahead of an evening event due to be attended by Berlin’s gay mayor Klaus Wowereit and German Football Association president Theo Zwanziger.
The annual event is known as Christopher Street Day.
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