Civil society calls for a government strategy – a chronology (2012–2021)
Article in German
Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Great Britain and Canada all have a policy plan that addresses the existence and needs of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, trans* and intersex people (LGBTI) in foreign policy and development cooperation. Although Germany is an important donor country in development cooperation, it thus far does not have a comprehensive plan for integrating LGBTI rights into its international policy in concrete and sustainable form. For years now the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany (LSVD), the Hirschfeld-Eddy Foundation and the Yogyakarta Alliance have therefore been calling for an LGBTI action plan on German foreign policy and development cooperation. We have formulated our demands in a comprehensive 13-Point-Paper. In 2017 the German Foreign Office (AA) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) announced that they were drawing up an LGBTIQ* inclusion plan. On 3 March 2021 the strategy is approved in a cabinet meeting and published.
Here follows a reverse chronology from the present day to the initial call.
All the blog articles on this topic under the tag “Inclusion plan”
30 March 2021
The AfD Party in the German Paliament submits a minor interpellation regarding the Government´s recently adopted LGBTI-inclusion strategy. (The Federal Government´s response (in German only).
3 March 2021
In a cabinet meeting the Federal Government has adopted the “LGBTI inclusion strategy to promote the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI) in foreign policy and development cooperation”. The strategy is published on the Website of the Federal Foreign Office in German and an English translation.
3 December 2020
A cabinet referral for the LGBTI* inclusion concept is planned for February 2021. This is what a representative of the Foreign Office says at the online conference “LGBTI Rights are Human Rights” of the Hirschfeld-Eddy Foundation.
15 October 2020
The Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development invite Civil Society groups to a virtual hearing on the current draft of the LGBTI inclusion concept regarding foreign policy and development cooperation. LSVD and Hirschfeld-Eddy Foundation are among them.
2 October 2019
The Free Democratic Party (FDP) in the German parliament submits a minor interpellation (formal inquiry) to the German government entitled “LGBTI inclusion plan for foreign policy and development cooperation” (19÷13722). The MPs inquire about the status of this type of plan which should strengthen and secure German commitment to human rights for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, trans and intersex people. Among other things the German federal government is requested to state which of its departments is in charge of developing the plan and what form of participation is expected for civil society. (only in German): https://dip21.bundestag.de/dip21/btd/19/137/1913722.pdf )
Federal Government´s Answer (German only):
26 June 2019
The Alliance 90/The Greens parliamentary group tables a motion for a resolution and calls on the Federal Government to “publish the announced LGBTTI-inclusive concept for foreign policy and development cooperation aiming to ensure better human rights coherence”. (page 4, para 6). Thus referring to the answer by the Federal Government to the Major Interpellation tabled by the Alliance 90/The Greens parliamentary group on the “International human rights situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender and intersex people”
31 March 2019
Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth attends the annual meeting of the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany (LSVD). Asked about progress on the inclusion plan, Minister of State Roth answers that the Foreign Office (AA) has submitted a draft proposal to the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) for coordination, and that he hopes a joint AA/BMZ paper can be presented in summer. The LSVD passes a resolution that calls upon the German federal government to adopt the LGBTIQ* inclusion plan.
20 September 2018
The Foreign Office invites the LSVD, Hirschfeld-Eddy Foundation, Yogyakarta Alliance and other civil society organizations to discuss its ideas for the LGBTIQ* inclusion plan.
publishes a 13-point list of requirements for an inclusion plan along with two
expert commentaries in its magazine respekt.
The commentary from Namibia supports the call for a “Cultures and colonialism” program: http://www.lsvd-blog.de/?p=17195.
The commentary from Germany welcomes the call for developing dialogue and flexibility in laws on public funding: http://www.lsvd-blog.de/?p=17195
18 January 2018
The Yogyakarta Alliance approves the “13-point paper with requirements for an LGBTIQ* inclusion plan for German foreign policy and development cooperation”. The Yogyakarta Alliance’s main demand is for the German government and all foundations that work with funding from the German government to have an LGBTI inclusion plan for foreign policy and development cooperation. We have laid the conceptual groundwork for this with the 13-point paper with requirements for the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development published in November 2017.
22 November 2017
The Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development invite representatives of civil society to Berlin to discuss the possible content of an interministerial LGBTIQ* inclusion plan.
18 November 2017
Platform for Human Rights formulates and publishes a “13-point paper with
requirements for an LGBTIQ* inclusion plan for German foreign policy and
14 June 2017
The German federal cabinet adopts a national action plan against racism. Under point 5 the plan reads: “The Federal Government … initiates, together with civil society, an LGBTI inclusion strategy for foreign policy and development cooperation.”
1 June 2017
At the conference “Time to react – Creating an enabling environment for civil society”, which addresses shrinking spaces and LGBTI human rights defenders with experts from Russia, Botswana, Uganda and Germany, a representative of the Foreign Office announces that it and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development will jointly draw up an “LGBTIQ* inclusion plan for foreign policy and development cooperation”. Representatives of civil society are to participate in this process.http://www.lsvd-blog.de/?p=16928
The network against racism (Netz gegen Rassismus), the LSVD and the federal Trans* association (Bundesvereinigung Trans*) draw up a paper entitled “Menschenrechte schützen, Diskriminierungen beseitigen” (“Protect human rights, eliminate discrimination”) for the national action plan against racism. The German government had earlier agreed to add sections on homophobia and transphobia. This civil society paper includes the following requirement (among others) for the action plan: “An LGBTI inclusion plan for foreign policy and development cooperation is needed to strengthen and stabilize German commitment to human rights. The plan must be developed together with civil society.”
In its new
Rights, Diversity and Respect” the LSVD calls for the following: “An LGBTI
inclusion plan for foreign policy and development cooperation is needed to
strengthen and stabilize German commitment to human rights. The plan must be
developed together with civil society.”
(only in German)
checklist for the 2013 German federal election, the LSVD calls for the
following: “The Federal
Republic of Germany needs an LGBTI inclusion plan for its foreign policy and
development cooperation. This must be developed together with civil society.
The Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, the Foreign
Office, the embassies and foreign services, and the implementing organizations
must have a clear mandate to work against discrimination on the basis of sexual
orientation and gender identity.”
(only in German)
Alliance is founded. Its agenda includes the following: “The Yogyakarta
Alliance [calls for] German development cooperation and foreign policy to have a
SOGI inclusion plan… [and] will be constructively contributing to this
process.” An LGBTI
inclusion plan is one of the basic demands of this civil society alliance.
(only in German)
Foundation, which is the human rights foundation of the LSVD, publishes the volume
Yogyakarta Plus. Menschenrechte
für Lesben, Schwule, Bisexuelle,. Transgender und Intersexuelle in der
internationalen Praxis (“Yogyakarta
Plus. Human Rights in International Practice for Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexuals,
Trans* and Intersex People”). It calls for an action plan for inclusive
development work: “Government
commitment following the Swedish example? An action plan for foreign policy and
(only in German)
checklist for the 2009 German federal election the LSVD requests the political
parties to state their position on the Yogyakarta Principles: “In 2006
leading international human rights experts developed the ‘Yogyakarta
Principles’ as the first systematic overview for ensuring human rights for
lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people… Are you committed to
having the future federal government take the Yogyakarta Principles as the
basis for its policy on lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people?”
(only in German)
LGBTI Platform for Human Rights, Hirschfeld-Eddy Foundation