Christopher Street Day is Berlin’s annual gay pride parade & festival. I was also in Berlin for CSD in 2011 so I was excited to attend this year’s event as well. Thankfully the weather cooperated and it was a beautiful day full of beautiful people!

What I love most about gay pride events is seeing so many smiling faces. There’s an incredible amount of diversity among GLBT people and days like Christopher Street Day in Berlin bring out some truly awesome colors. And while I think there’s something to say about gay pride every day—not just during “Pride Month”—visibility is important nonetheless. Even Anderson Cooper thinks so:

I’ve also been reminded recently that while as a society we are moving toward greater inclusion and equality for all people, the tide of history only advances when people make themselves fully visible. There continue to be far too many incidences of bullying of young people, as well as discrimination and violence against people of all ages, based on their sexual orientation, and I believe there is value in making clear where I stand.

The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud…

Learn more about Berlin’s annual gay pride—Christopher Street Day (affectionately abbreviated as CSD)—on their official website. Be sure to visit my gay travel blog,, for additional gay travel stories—including photos from other gay pride events around the world. Hugs to Alexander Araya for the photos!

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  2. David - GeoPosted

    Great set of pictures! My wife has a similar bunch from when we were at the Brussels Pride event earlier this year. Lots of fun and a great atmosphere.

    • Adam

      That’s awesome you went to the Brussels Pride. I’ll be in Brussels this weekend, actually – looking forward to seeing what the gay scene is like there!

      • David - GeoPosted

        Yeah, we had a blast, you can check some of her pictures on her Flickr at

        We were planning to go to the Antwerp Pride in August as well, but it looks like I’ll be away for a conference then. My wife will probably still check it out.

        Have fun in Brussels!

  3. AMAZING pictures – I love pride there’s always such a lovely inviting feeling! xx

    • Adam

      It was a great day! Big thanks to Alex for his photos :)

  4. I absolutely love these photos and the day looked like great fun!

    • Adam

      Thanks Alison. Berlin’s gay pride was amazing!

  5. Gay pride was really fun in Madrid too, didn’t get as many cool shots as you though mate. Good work!

    • Adam

      I was seriously tempted to fly out to Madrid on Saturday for their Pride…. Didn’t know you were going to be there!

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