Non-heterosexual people are still often discriminated against in Germany. Their proportion is significantly higher in younger generations than in older ones, as the Statista graphic shows.

Seven percent of the adult Germans born after 1995 identify as homosexual or bisexual, while another three percent prefer pansexual, asexual or queer as a self-description. This is the result of data from the Statista Global Consumer Survey. As our chart shows, the proportion of people in older generations who do not identify as heterosexual is significantly lower.

In the participant group of Boomers born between 1946 and 1964, 97 percent see themselves as heterosexual, in Generation X born between 1965 and 1979 it is 95 percent, and among Millennials 92 percent. On the other hand, the proportion of homosexuals in these age groups is relatively constant at two to three percent.

In terms of general queer-friendliness, Germany is ranked 15th out of 49 according to this year’s evaluation by Rainbow Europe. The first three places are occupied by Malta, Denmark and Belgium, with Armenia, Turkey and Azerbaijan occupying 47th, 48th and 49th place. Rainbow Europe evaluates categories such as equality, family planning, hate crimes and gender recognition.

The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia has been held on May 17th every year since 2005 to draw attention to the still widespread discrimination and marginalization of certain sexual identities. The date refers to May 17, 1990, when the World Health Organization (WHO) no longer officially categorized homosexuality as a disease, in 2009 the term transphobia was added to the official designation, followed in 2015 by biphobia and in 2016 by interphobia. A reference to asexuality has not yet been included in the official definition of the day of action.