Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT rights in Germany have evolved significantly over the course of the last decades. During the s and early s, lesbian and gay people in Berlin were generally tolerated by society and many bars and clubs specifically pertaining to gay men were opened. The Nazi extensions were repealed in and same-sex sexual activity between men was decriminalised in both East and West Germany in and , respectively. The age of consent was equalized in East Germany in and in unified Germany in Same-sex marriage has been legal since 1 October , after the Bundestag passed legislation giving same-sex couples full marital and adoption rights on 30 June These partnerships provided most though not all of the same rights as marriages, and they ceased to be available after the introduction of same-sex marriage. Same-sex stepchild adoption first became legal in and was expanded in to allow someone in a same-sex relationship to adopt a child already adopted by their partner. Transgender people have been allowed to change their legal gender since
In Germany, marriage remains out of reach for gays
Groundwork for reform
Although homosexual acts among men had traditionally been a criminal offense throughout much of Germany, lesbianism homosexual acts among women was not criminalized. This was true in large part because of the subordinate role of women in German state and society. Unlike male homosexuals, lesbians were not generally regarded as a social or political threat. Paragraph did not apply to women. However, the lives of lesbians were still destroyed by the Nazi campaign against homosexuality.