Sunday in Stuttgart: Rainbow stories and celebration

Rainbow Pilgrims travelled an hour south-east from Karlsruhe to Stuttgart Sunday (4 Sept) for a queer tour of the city, conversations with local LGBTIQ+ Christians, and an ecumenical service at the Pauluskirche.

The ecumenical celebration: photos by Jim Hodgson, Abbey Hudson and Misza Czerniak.
Sharing stories. Left: Davis Mac-Iyalla of Nigeria and Ghana. Text in English and Deutsch.
Right: Heleen de Boer of Netherlands (with Gabriele Mayer adjusting the mic). Text in English and Deutsch.
Sharing stories. Left: Hyun Sun Oh of the Republic of Korea. Text in English and Deutsch.
Right: Misza Cherniak of Russia and Poland. Text in English and Deutsch.
Our tour stopped in front of the old Hotel Silber. It served as the police station during the Nazi era, and as such was site of persecution Jews, gays, “asocial” women (including lesbians), and other minorities. Our guides (lower photo) to Stuttgart history were: Stefan Weidmer (red striped shirt) of the Schwulst (roughly “gay in Stuttgart”) organisation, and Axel Schwaigert (white shirt) of the Metropolitan Community Church in Stuttgart. Photos: Jim Hodgson and Abbey Hudson.

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