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Conference 2014


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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.

Thomas Ulmer

Federal Chairman

VelsPol-Deutschland e.V.


Klaus Wowereit

Governing Mayor of Berlin

Welcoming Speech

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

German capital.

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.

Klaus Wowereit

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

sexual identity.

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

Klaus Kandt

Police Chief in Berlin

Dear Participants,

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,

Klaus Kandt

Police Chief in Berlin

Arne Feuring

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,

informative event.

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


*LGBTTI (Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transsexuell-TransgenderiIntersexuell)

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

police forces.

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

cooperative partnership.

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

Podgorica, Montenegro.

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

these countries.

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



Founding of

the network










Support from the

Spanish Minister of

Justice, the town of

Barcelona and the

Catalonian police




Patronage. Minister

of the Interior Maria

Fekter, Presentation

of the hate crime

concept in

cooperation with the

Vienna police




Reception with the Irish

President. Active

support for the

conference from the Irish

police Garda (Irish police

force) which was also

attended by high-ranking

police officers.

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




Wednesday, 18/06/2014

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 )

Thursday, 19/06/2014

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

Friday, 20/06/2014

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


Saturday, 06/21/2014

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

Sunday, 06/22/2014

11.00 h - Conclusion handover the conference documentation ;

11.30 h - Publication of a resolution on the situation of LSBTTIQ people

in Russia

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

Universität Bielefeld.

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

not changed.

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

federal organizations.

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

of Representatives.

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

queer people).

Last year the Russian government brought out a law prohibiting

‘propaganda near children’, making homosexuality a punishable offence.

Boris Dittrich

Advocacy Director

Lesbian, Gay,

Bisexual and

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,


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

of VelsPol.

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

Online Registration

With regard to sponsoring

possibilities, please turn to us

at: VelsPol-D e.V., Postfach

311543, 10645 Berlin.

If you wish to

advertise on our


with an advertising

banner or your own

logo, please contact


Should you wish to support

the conference by making a

donation, please make

payments to:

VelsPol-Deutschland e.V.,

donation account number

325 32 42, bank sorting

code 100 700 24




News media representatives should please contact

the conference office by telephoning:

+49-30-44046343 or sending an

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For accreditation it is necessary to present a valid

journalist pass.

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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Postfach 311543

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