Welcome to Berlin
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Ladies and gentlemen,
Through this brochure we would like to introduce the
2014 EGPA conference.
About 200 policemen and women from all over Europe
and the USA will be taking part in the 2014 conference in
Berlin. We will be looking at Eastern Europe – particularly
Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.
Russia is to be given a special signal.
I warmly invite you to take part in the conference or
support our organisation.
Be a part of us should be seen as an invitation to female
and male police officers from throughout Europe who
want to work together with us for equal rights and against
discrimination on account of sexual orientation.
Governing Mayor of Berlin
by the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit,
It is my pleasure to welcome all participants to the
European Gay Police Association Congress in the
Through the Berlin Congress, the EGPA is sending out
an important signal condemning homophobic
discrimination and violence and endorsing legal equality
and general social acceptance of different lifestyles.
Above all it offers policemen and women from all over
Europe and the USA a platform for networking and
exchanging experiences. Such a meeting is an
encouragement to all those who strive for a police force
that does not sit back and watch homosexual, lesbian,
bisexual and transgender people being attacked. It is a
police force that provides information on risks and
therefore pursues prevention and, above all, a police
force that is an advocate of equal rights and that
opposes discrimination based on sexual orientation.
In 2013, in all manner of ways, we in Berlin drew
attention to the transfer of power to the Nazis and the
destruction of diversity 80 years ago. This included the
remembrance of homosexuals who were persecuted
during the Nazi era.
Today, almost 25 years since the Berlin Wall came down,
Berlin is connected with its reputation as a cosmopolitan
and tolerant capital. But one must not forget: even here it
took decades until homosexuals were no longer
criminally prosecuted or excluded. And discrimination
and hostility still exist. The road to complete equality is
long and stony. What matters is support for those, no
matter where they are, who fly the flag with selfconfidence
and stand up for a free and tolerant society
as well as state institutions that protect freedom.
Bearing this in mind, I wish the EGPA Congress every
success and an encouraging conference from which an
unmistakable message in support of equality and
acceptance of different lifestyles radiates. I wish all
participants a pleasant stay in Berlin.
Governing Mayor of Berlin
Dr. Thomas Maizière, MdB
(Member of the Bundestag /
German Federal Parliament)
Minister of the Interior
Dear participants of the 7th EGPA Conference,
Germany is an open-minded and cosmopolitan nation
with a society that neither accepts nor tolerates people
being debased or disadvantaged on account of their
Even so, homosexuals still encounter people’s
reservations, discrimination and even hostility. Very often
these injustices are the result of ignorance and
insecurity. Each one of us and the whole of society are
requested to decidedly counteract them. Discrimination
against people – no matter what the reason is – is
incompatible with the society in which we would like to
live. The onus here is on politicians in particular and the
police and legal authorities where necessary. And also
on the homosexuals themselves who individually and
collaboratively demand the obvious - equal treatment. It
is still difficult for some. I have great respect for those
who, in spite of their fears and worries, summon up the
courage to do so. In order to help them it is important for
social interest groups such as your association to
espouse the rights of homosexuals in all sectors of
This applies especially to the police. Citizens quite rightly
expect the police to be particularly approachable and
protective of minority rights.
Thus your association both makes a huge difference and
demonstrates that the police play a major role in
protecting homosexuals from discrimination on account
of their sexual orientation.
I would like to thank you for your dedication and
commitment and wish the 7th EGPA conference every
Dr. Thomas Maizière, MdB (Member of the Bundestag /
German Federal Parliament)
Minister of the Interior
Police Chief in Berlin
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the 7th
EGPA Conference 2014 in Berlin.
3.5 million people live in our city. Many of them differ, for
example, on account of their background, the colour of
their skin, their sexual identity or their religion. Berlin is
known to be open, colourful and tolerant. Yet there is
still, even here, discrimination or even incidents of
violence towards people who are seen to be “different”. It
is our duty to clearly signal our disapproval of this
hostility. Your conference offers the possibility to tackle
the way the police force deals with hate crime, to learn
from each other and to develop ways in which the
phenomenon of homophobia and transphobia can be
In addition, the police are also a mirror image of society.
In the early 1990s homosexuality was, even within the
Berlin police force, hushed up or ignored. Since then,
society and also many police authorities have gradually
opened up. We owe this development to the courageous
people who have stood up for the interests of
homosexual and transsexual colleagues.
At this point I would like to thank you for your
involvement and commitment and encourage you to
continue your work. I will gladly support you.
I wish all conference participants and organizers a
stimulating exchange, inspiring contacts and a very
pleasant stay in Berlin.
With kind regards,
Police Chief in Berlin
Police Chief of Brandenburg
These days same-sex lifestyles are part of everyday life
and need to be fully tolerated and accepted, also by
members of the police force. Many Brandenburg
policemen and -women work in Brandenburg and live in
Berlin. As Chief of Police of the federal state of
Brandenburg I endorse open-minded, tolerant,
constantly new and refreshing encounters with oneanother.
The federal state of Berlin and Brandenburg are
continually finding new areas of cooperation, thus
spreading awareness and transparency throughout
Brandenburg with lesbians, homosexuals and bisexual
members of the community with their flamboyant
diversity and particular vitality in mind.
The EGPA conference offers manifold possibilities for
transferring knowledge and opens chances for pursing
equality for those who lead alternative lifestyles.
I am delighted that the 2014 conference is taking place
in Berlin and that colleagues in the Brandenburg police
force are involved in preparations.
As Chief of Police of the federal state of Brandenburg I
wish all the conference participants a lively exchange of
experiences and, with this in mind, an eventful,
By the Chief of Police, Brandenburg
Boardmeeting 2013 Den Haag
The European Gay Police Association (EGPA) is an
international police network for LGBTTI (lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transsexual and intersexual) members of the
police force in over 12 different countries.
The network was founded in 2004 in Amsterdam. Since
2005 international conferences have been held in
various European capitals. The EGPA is represented by
the Chairman, Hermann RENES, of the Dutch police
In 1994, shortly after Section 175 of the German criminal law code
was retracted, the Berlin journalist Jens DOBLER initiated the first
federal seminar in Göttingen which around 30 police officers attended.
The same year lesbian and homosexual societies, often with different
names, were founded in several federal German states. In order to
protect interests on a national level, all the federal societies adopted
the same name “VelsPol” which stands for “Verein lesbischer und
schwuler Polizeibediensteter” (Society of Lesbian and Homosexual
members of the Police Force) and joined the umbrella organization
“Verband lesbischer und schwuler Polizeibediensteter” (Association
of Lesbian and Homosexual members of the Police Force) in 2002.
This enabled work to start on a national level. In order to represent
German interests on a European level, VelsPol Deutschland
(VelsPol Germany) joined the EGPA.
VelsPol-Deutschland e.V - Board.
The exchange of knowledge, experience and information
concerning the position of LGBTTI police officers in European
police forces is one of the main tasks of the EGPA.
Additional tasks are:
The promotion of international surveys and educational
programmes with regard to the topics that are crucial for the
inclusion and success of LGBTTI police workers in European
The promotion of initiatives which help to set up and support
national networks for LGBTTI members of the police force in
their various countries, particularly in Eastern Europe.
Encouraging LGBTTI police workers to support each other.
Compiling training concepts that combat hate crime.
Joining forces with other LGBTTI organisations.
U.S. Embassy Brussels 2013
The EGPA board of directors consists of at least five
natural persons from at least three different European
countries and meets on average two to three times a
The most active representatives in the EGPA are at
present Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the
Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Switzerland whilst
Austria, Denmark, England (GB), Scotland (GB),
Portugal and Sweden support the cause. Montenegro,
Serbia, Poland and Hungary are interested in a
A LGBTI event is usually held simultaneously in the same
town that hosts the EGPA meeting. The meetings are
usually officially opened and attended by government
ministers, high-ranking police officers and mayors.
U.S. Embassy Brussels 2013
The national member organisations are meanwhile
reliable partners whom national governments and interior
ministers respectively can consult.
In October 2010 the Italian network POLIS APERTA was
founded in Rome.
In March 2011 the network was presented to highranking
Swiss police officers in Zurich.
In September 2011 a Dutch delegation of the EGPA took
part in an international conference “Towards Europe –
Towards Equality” for members of the police force in
In November 2011 representatives of the EGPA took part
in the international conference “Building a Queer and
Tolerant Neighbourhood” which was opened by the
Governing Mayor of Berlin.
IDAHO-Conference 2013 Den Haag
December 2011 saw the participation in the international
conference “Joining Forces to Combat Homophobic and
Transphobic Violence in Europe” which was opened by
the Dutch Minister Marja van Bijsterveld and Secretary of
State Fred Teeven.
In March 2013 the European Gay Police Association
(EGPA) assisted at the “International Day Against
Racism and Discrimination.
Rainbow Cops Belgium, the American Embassy and the
US Mission to the EU discussed the topic “Tackling
LGBTTI Discrimination in the International Policing
Context and Promote Protection of LGBTTI Rights
Europe-wide”. Here, EGPA board members and partners
discussed how collaboration with police associations in
Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Poland and Finland etc. could
work and how LGBTTI networks could be founded in
Reception by the Irish President 2012
In May 2013 the EGPA took part in the international
IDAHO Conference “International Day against
Homophobia” in Den Haag. Training programmes used
by various countries in their fight against hate crime were
presented and improved in workshops. The EGPA
delegation was met by Queen Maxima who acquainted
herself with the work done by networks.
Meeting with the Queen of the Netherlands 2013
Support from the
Spanish Minister of
Justice, the town of
Barcelona and the
of the Interior Maria
of the hate crime
cooperation with the
Reception with the Irish
support for the
conference from the Irish
police Garda (Irish police
force) which was also
attended by high-ranking
The EGPA Conference 2014 will take place from 18.06. –
21.06.2014 in Berlin. Up to 300 participants from
throughout Europe and the USA, including high-ranking
government officials and representatives from the police,
are expected to attend.
Participants will stay at the Hotel Motel One, An der
Urania 12/14, 10787 Berlin. Lectures and workshops on
the topics of hate crime, the situation of LGBTTI people
in Europe and the world will be held at the nearby
conference centre URANIA in Kleiststrasse 13-14, 10787
15.00 h - Arrival
16.00 h - Meet and greet.
19.00 h - Opening Ceremony Town Hall ;
Opening by patron Klaus Wowereit (Mayor of Berlin)
( Uniform or formal dress )
09.00 h - Opening of the conference (Uniform / appropriate clothing );
10.00 h - topics see separate description
conference Day 1
(up to about 16.00 h)
(Uniform / appropriate clothing )
18.30 h - evening event; Discussion with politicians
09.00 h topics see separate description
conference Day 2
(up to about 16.00 clock )
(Uniform / appropriate clothing )
18.30 h - Final Event , 20 years VelsPol ,
Ceremony VelsPol Award in the Representation of
11.00 h - participation of a delegation to the commemoration and
Laying a wreath in memory of the homosexuals persecuted by the Nazis
12.00 h - talk about the background of 45 years Stonewall Inn in New
York - uprising of homosexuals in New York and the beginning
a worldwide protest organization for acceptance and equal rights.
Participation in the CSD Parade
11.00 h - Conclusion handover the conference documentation ;
11.30 h - Publication of a resolution on the situation of LSBTTIQ people
12.00 h - Farewell and departure
Hate Crime in Germany and the coverage problems
In a two-part survey, the MANEO study brought to light the number of
unreported cases of homophobic offences in Berlin and in areas of other
towns in Germany.
The results of a survey carried out by a police cadet from Baden-
Württemberg partly confirmed the MANEO study. Two factors leading to
the number of unreported cases are police officers’ lack of knowledge on
homosexuality and transsexuals and also on the prerequisites for
recording such criminal offences.
A further factor is the reservations the gay community has towards the
The objective is for an exchange among those responsible in the BKA
(central organization for combating and investigating crime in Germany)
on problems recording such crimes.
Dr. Tatjana Zimenkova
The presentation poses the question towards the Institutions, mechanisms and Interests
behind the spreading and maintaining homophobia in societal structures. The presentation
does not reduce homophobia as acts of hate and violence, but asks, for which institutions
and organizations the homophobic thoughts and actions might be profitable, asking
which goals can different organizations and institutions reach with help of homophobic
thought and through consolidating (their members, other instructions etc.) against the
members of the LGBTTQ-community. Finally the presentation seeks to demonstrate,
what might be done against such consolidations.
Diversity in management and business
Difference and diversity of employees
are often used by the public administration and business
not yet perceived as an opportunity - diversity can be a chance!
Speakers from the business and NGO `s
Presentation of the liaison officers for samesex
lifestyles and homophobic crimes
prosecutors and police Berlin/ Brandenburg
As early as the beginning of the 90s there was a
police liaison officer for same-sex lifestyles in
Berlin. In the meantime the Department of Public
Prosecution also has set up a comparable post
which is unique in Europe.
The objective is to introduce the two centres and
their tasks, problems and concepts.
Speakers: Representatives from the Department
of Public Prosecution; Representa-tives of the
Berlin police force; Representatives of the
Brandenburg police force.
Transgender and transsexuality in the police and society
In the light of a transphobic incident in the Berlin police, the reactions of
the police leadership and the possibilities of further training for police
officers should be dis-cussed.
The objective is to prepare a concept for further training for the police and
legal au-thorities which should be made available to European police
Speakers: Representatives from Trans, the Dutch police
Homosexuality in the workplace
Since many VIPs, politicians and people from all manner of social groups
have start-ed coming out, lesbians’ and homosexuals’ living situations
have changed in many areas. However, the situation of transsexuals has
Could anti-discrimination laws, anti-bullying agreements and statutory
equality change something here?
Discussion with representatives from the federal anti-discrimination office.
EGPA - A network
EGPA 2004-2014 – 10 years. A network introduces itself. The
individual federal or-ganizations introduce themselves and their
Speakers: Chairmen and -women and representatives from the
Homosexuality in Turkey - Living Dangerously?
In Turkey homosexuality has never been forbidden. Even in the
Ottoman Empire people were not prosecuted for same-sex love.
In theory discrimination is constitu-tionally forbidden. However,
the reality is different. Gay men, lesbian women, trans-vestites
and transsexuals feel subjected to multifaceted discrimination
and social ostracism. What role do the police play?
Speaker: Hakan TAS, Member of Parliament in the Berlin House
Dealing with homosexuality / transsexuality in Eastern Europe
Since the Iron Curtain came down 25 years ago, homophobic and
transphobic crimes in the former Eastern Bloc countries have become
Up until only a few years ago, political demonstrations in connection with
CSD were used as an opportunity for security staff to attack LSBTTIQs
(lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, intersexual and
Last year the Russian government brought out a law prohibiting
‘propaganda near children’, making homosexuality a punishable offence.
Transgender Rights Program
Boris Dittrich leads Human Rights Watch's advocacy efforts on LGBT
rights around the world. He meets regularly with victims of homophobia
and trans-phobia, and with government officials, members of parliament,
and journalists in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe to push
for progress on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Among his notable achievements: co-launching the landmark Yogyakarta
Principles at the United Nations; helping to get 67 nations to agree to
combat discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation; being
instrumental in persuading UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to publicly
condemn homophobia for the first time; and convincing the Vatican
to make a formal UN statement in favor of decriminalizing homosexual
conduct and respecting the human rights of homosexual people.
Before coming to Human Rights Watch in 2007, Boris was a member
of the Dutch parliament for more than 12 years. He initiated the
same sex marriage and adoption bills, making the Netherlands the
first country in the world to open its civil marriage for gays and lesbians.
Before being elected to parliament, Boris was a judge at the regional
court of Alkmaar and a lawyer in Amsterdam. He is author of two novels
and two non-fiction works in Dutch, one on LGBT rights. He studied at
Leiden University in the Netherlands.
In May 2013 he received the Jos Brink State Award from the Dutch
government for his work on LGBT rights over the last 30 years.
Hate Crime in Eastern Europe
Reservations about homosexuals and
transsexuals in Eastern Europe are wide-spread.
What influence might existing European police
organizations’ concepts have on police authorities
in Eastern Europe (Poland, the Czech Republic,
Hungary, Slovakia and Ukraine)?
On this, speakers from (western) European police
forces will be invited to talk to rep-resentatives
from Eastern European NGOs.
The objective is the passing of a ‘Berlin’ resolution
that will be forwarded to the East-ern European
countries’ Ministries of the Interior.
Speakers: Police representatives from GB, IRL,
NL and ITAL
Speakers: Representatives from NGOs from PL,
Speaker: MEP Ulricke Lunacek (Member of the
European Parliament / Green Party)
EGPA Conference 2014 participants will be staying at the
‘Motel One‘ hotel on the outskirts of Tiergarten. ‘Motel One’ is
one of the leading and most modern hotel chains in
The organizers wanted to keep distances to a minimum and
for this reason the conference is taking place across the road
in the Conference Centre, URANIA.
In the breaks and at midday participants will be looked after
by a superb catering service and treated to classic Berlin
The organizers have put together a selection of different
conference packages so that there will be a suitable package
available to everyone.
Political contacts are important. For this reason the 2014
conference will be accompanied by two receptions.
The conference will be opened by the Governing Mayor of
Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, in the Red Town Hall (Rotes
Rathaus) on Wednesday (18.06.2014). High-ranking political
and police representatives will be present at this event.
The closing ceremony of the Conference 2014 will be held at
the Baden-Württemberg representative office. In conjunction
with the event, we, as one of the oldest member networks
within the police force in Europe, will be celebrating 20 years
During the event VelsPol-Germany will, for the first time,
award the ‘VelsPol Prize’ for diversity and commitment
regarding acceptance and equal rights in the police and in
Conference package 1 – 352,00 Euro
Conference package 2 – 438,00 Euro
Conference package 3 – 175,00 Euro
Conference package 4 – 90,00 Euro
Conference package 5 – 152,00 Euro
Conference package 6 – 230,00 Euro (Partner)
Conference package 7 – 60,00 Euro
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311543, 10645 Berlin.
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Within the framework of the conference we are
celebrating 20 years of VelsPol and 10 years of EGPA.
Furthermore the VelsPol Diversity Prize will be
presented at a celebration.
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