This is a first in Germany! The new government announced on Wednesday the appointment of a ministerial delegate for the “queer” cause, to fight against sexual and gender discrimination.
The environmentalist deputy Sven Lehmann, 42, will be responsible in particular for preparing a “national action plan” to enable Germany “to become a pioneer country in the fight against discrimination”, announced the Ministry of the Family. He will perform this function in the government of Olaf Scholz, which brings together social democrats, liberals and ecologists and succeeded in December the conservatives of Angela Merkel.
Sven Lehmann was already between 2018 and 2021 spokesperson on this “queer” question within the environmentalist parliamentary group in the Bundestag. “The protection of people because of their sexual and gender identity must be guaranteed in the Basic Law,” he warned after his appointment.
The Anglo-Saxon term “queer” encompasses all sexual and gender identities that differ from heterosexuality. The renewal of the Bundestag at the end of September, marked by more diversity within the lower house of parliament, was notably marked by the election of two transgender women, Tessa Ganserer and Nyke Slawik.