Why an award?
The Stonewall movement, in the tradition of which queer demonstrations have been held around the world and in Leipzig for decades, would not have existed without courageous, committed people. Nor would there have been the queer structures that we have in Leipzig today without the energetic commitment of organisations and individuals. Unfortunately, this commitment is far too rarely recognised by our society, let alone honoured. That’s why we took action and launched the “CSD Leipzig Award for Queer Commitment” to mark our 30th anniversary at Pride 2022.
To whom is it awarded?
The award is intended to recognise a commitment to queer people and/or their rights. The focus is on natural persons and organisations with a sphere of activity in Leipzig and the surrounding area. In the case of natural persons, this can be both voluntary and full-time commitment. In the first year, the prize was awarded to both a natural person and an organisation. In subsequent years, it will be awarded annually, alternating between a natural person and an organisation.
How are the award winners selected?
The award is awarded by the Leipzig Pride organisation team. The participation of the queer community in the selection of possible candidates is very important to us. That is why every year we call for people or organisations to be nominated for the award.
A committee appointed by the organising team then evaluates the nominations and proposes award winners to the organising team. These are then voted on democratically by the Pride plenum. The award is then presented during the reception organised by the City of Leipzig, which traditionally heralds the start of Pride week together with the raising of the rainbow flag at Neues Rathaus.