The University of Mannheim flies the flag – CSD Rally 2023 in Mannheim

Mannheim celebrates this year's Christopher Street Day (CSD) on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2023. The University of Mannheim will be flying the rainbow flag in front of the castle as a visible sign for diversity and solidarity with the LGBTIQA+ community.

The CSD is a demonstration day of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* and inter* as well as aromantic, asexual and queer people (LSBTIQA+). In Mannheim, as in many other cities, queer people demonstrate on this day for equal rights, for the acceptance of gender diversity and the acceptance of queer lived experiences

The “Monnem Pride” (Mannheim Pride) has the motto “Louder & Prouder. Queer is not a crime” and will begin at 12:00. The CSD really will lead through the city and  end at the “Alter Messplatz”, where the participants and visitors can find various information booths, music and performances by regional artists. .

The University of Mannheim emphasizes diversity as a source of innovation commits to promoting the individual development of its members regardless of their personal background in its mission statement. If we want the voices of queer students, professors and employees not only to be heard loudly and proudly, we not only need to ensure an atmosphere of appreciation and respect but also sustainable structures and counseling for cases of discrimination.

Since last year the University of Mannheim is participating in the diversity audit “Vielfalt gestalten” (“Shaping Diversity”) of the Stifterverband of the Vice President for Strategic Planning, Internationalization and Equal Opportunity. In the working groups of the audit students, administrative staff, teachers and researchers are currently discussing various measures, so that the university can also do better justice to reality of diverse gender and sexual identities. More information about the audit and the opportunity to participate can be found on the website of the Office of Equality and Social Diversity.

LGBTQIA+ students are offered a community and safe space by the student initiative Queer im Schloss. Employees, researchers and teachers at the University of Mannheim who who self-identify as lgbtiqa+ are regularly meeting for a “Queer Coffee Break” at the University.