Cologne is one of Europe’s gay capitals and was host to the 2010 Gay Games . For a busy and energiized week, July 31 to August 7, the city bubbled with 35 sports events, cultural events and colorful parties, as well as two enertainment/social/eating ‘villages’ in the central area. In addition to the many usual cafes, bars, clubs, suanas, health and rights organizations, the Games brought to town over 9000 athletes and artists accompanied by more than 25,000 observers and supporters. The images in this gallery are a small sampling of gay Cologne alive and well. Here as in all Germany LGBT citizens enjoy some of the best privileges and rights in Europe. Cologne is a living example of how gay life and love can thrive and posper in this new age of humanitarian efforts to defeat homophobia. The city mounts yearly popular festivals including the huge Gay Pride festival and parade every July.

GlobalGayz' Richard Ammon in Cologne for the Games, July 31-Aug
GlobalGayz' Richard Ammon in Cologne for the Games, July 31-...
Welcome Rainbow flag in very gay-friendly downtown Cologne
Welcome Rainbow flag in very gay-friendly downtown Cologne...
Easy ambiance and a light touch at a gay cafe
Easy ambiance and a light touch at a gay cafe in Heumarkt Sq...
Couple enjoying the freedom to 'be'.
Couple enjoying the freedom to 'be'....
Pizza reward for Swedish athletes after a day at the
Pizza reward for Swedish athletes after a day at the Gay Gam...
Soaking up the views, weather, people and freedom of Cologne
Soaking up the views, weather, people and freedom of Cologne...
Cologne's oldest gay cafe, Verquer Cafe in Heumarkt Square
Cologne's oldest gay cafe, Verquer Cafe in Heumarkt Square...
A bubbly at Cologne's oldest gay cafe, Verquer Cafe in
A bubbly at Cologne's oldest gay cafe, Verquer Cafe in Heuma...
Bicycles and Rainbow flags are common sights in Cologne
Bicycles and Rainbow flags are common sights in Cologne...
Memorial to LGBT citizens persecuted and killed in the Nazi
Memorial to LGBT citizens persecuted and killed in the Nazi ...
Inscription on the memorial to LGBT citizens persecuted and killed
Inscription on the memorial to LGBT citizens persecuted and ...
A ceremony remembering victims of the AIDS epidemic
A ceremony remembering victims of the AIDS epidemic...
A ceremony remembering victims of the AIDS epidemic, sponsored by
A ceremony remembering victims of the AIDS epidemic, sponsor...
A ceremony remembering victims of the AIDS epidemic, hosted by
A ceremony remembering victims of the AIDS epidemic, hosted ...
Cologne cobblestone memorial remembering victims of the AIDS epidemic, located
Cologne cobblestone memorial remembering victims of the AIDS...
Cologne cobblestone memorial remembering victims of the AIDS epidemic, located
Cologne cobblestone memorial remembering victims of the AIDS...
Cologne cobblestone memorial remembering victims of the AIDS epidemic, located
Cologne cobblestone memorial remembering victims of the AIDS...
The U.S.Ambassador to Germany Philip Murphy visited the Gay Games
The U.S.Ambassador to Germany Philip Murphy visited the Gay ...
Bruno is one of the largest gay publishers and video/booksellers;
Bruno is one of the largest gay publishers and video/booksel...
Bruno is one of the largest gay publishers and video/booksellers;
Bruno is one of the largest gay publishers and video/booksel...
Bruno is one of the largest gay publishers and video/booksellers;
Bruno is one of the largest gay publishers and video/booksel...
Bruno is one of the largest gay publishers and video/booksellers;
Bruno is one of the largest gay publishers and video/booksel...
Universal food
Universal food...
Sex shop for all
Sex shop for all...
Poster for a street festival
Poster for a street festival...
Checkpoint is the main LGBT store
Checkpoint is the main LGBT store...
Checkpoint is the main LGBT store in Cologne
Checkpoint is the main LGBT store in Cologne...
Checkpoint is the main LGBT store in Cologne
Checkpoint is the main LGBT store in Cologne...
Wedding cake figures at Checkpoint, the main LGBT store in
Wedding cake figures at Checkpoint, the main LGBT store in C...
Sensual outdoor Aussiebum clothing-maker ad in central Cologne
Sensual outdoor Aussiebum clothing-maker ad in central Colog...
Poster advocating healthy eating
Poster advocating healthy eating...
Plaza named after HIV/gay right activist Jean Claude Letist
Plaza named after HIV/gay right activist Jean Claude Letist...
Plaza named after HIV/gay right activist Jean Claude Letist
Plaza named after HIV/gay right activist Jean Claude Letist...
Gay couple Heinz and Juergen at home
Gay couple Heinz and Juergen at home...
Gay couple Heinz and Juergen at home
Gay couple Heinz and Juergen at home...
Another gay couple--with GlobalGayz owner Richard Ammon, center--Andre and Gerhard
Another gay couple--with GlobalGayz owner Richard Ammon, cen...
Anyway' is a social center/cafe for LGBT youth aged 12-15
Anyway' is a social center/cafe for LGBT youth aged 12-15...
Staff at 'Anyway' social center/cafe for LGBT youth aged 12-15;
Staff at 'Anyway' social center/cafe for LGBT youth aged 12-...
Health and support information at 'Anyway' social center/cafe for
Health and support information at 'Anyway' social center/caf...
Poster for the OutGames in Antwerp in 2013
Poster for the OutGames in Antwerp in 2013...
During the Gay Games there were temporary 'villages' set up
During the Gay Games there were temporary 'villages' set up ...
During the Gay Games there were temporary 'villages' set up
During the Gay Games there were temporary 'villages' set up ...
During the Gay Games there were temporary 'villages' set up
During the Gay Games there were temporary 'villages' set up ...
Members of the German branch of the Sisters of Perpetual
Members of the German branch of the Sisters of Perpetual Ind...
During the Gay Games there were temporary 'villages' set up
During the Gay Games there were temporary 'villages' set up ...
During the Gay Games there were temporary 'villages' set up
During the Gay Games there were temporary 'villages' set up ...
Andre, one of the charming hosts in Cologne
Andre, one of the charming hosts in Cologne...
During the Gay Games there were temporary 'villages' set up
During the Gay Games there were temporary 'villages' set up ...
Two lesbian couples walking home in central Cologne
Two lesbian couples walking home in central Cologne...
Cafe Rico is one of the favorite gay cafes in
Cafe Rico is one of the favorite gay cafes in Cologne...
The 'Dutch Diana Ross' entertained the audience in Neumarkt 'village'
The 'Dutch Diana Ross' entertained the audience in Neumarkt ...
The 'Dutch Diana Ross' entertained the audience in Neumarkt 'village'
The 'Dutch Diana Ross' entertained the audience in Neumarkt ...
The most popular refresher--Fruh beer from Cologne
The most popular refresher--Fruh beer from Cologne...
Women at the 'village' in Neumarkt
Women at the 'village' in Neumarkt...
The stage at the 'village' in Neumarkt
The stage at the 'village' in Neumarkt...
The stage and audience at the 'village' in Neumarkt
The stage and audience at the 'village' in Neumarkt...
The 'village' in Neumarkt
The 'village' in Neumarkt...
Outside the gay sauna Babylon on an upscale central street
Outside the gay sauna Babylon on an upscale central street...
Outside the gay sauna Babylon on an upscale central street,
Outside the gay sauna Babylon on an upscale central street, ...
Phoenix is another gay sauna in Cologne (there are three)
Phoenix is another gay sauna in Cologne (there are three)...
During Gay Games week openly gay Olympic gold-medal diver Matthew
During Gay Games week openly gay Olympic gold-medal diver Ma...
Artist Ross Watson who poses his modern subjects--such as Matthew
Artist Ross Watson who poses his modern subjects--such as Ma...
Painting of Matthew Mitchum by artist Ross Watson who poses
Painting of Matthew Mitchum by artist Ross Watson who poses ...
AIDS Hilfe is Cologne's main gay-focused HIV organization
AIDS Hilfe is Cologne's main gay-focused HIV organization...
AIDS Hilfe is Cologne's main gay-focused HIV organization--main office
AIDS Hilfe is Cologne's main gay-focused HIV organization--m...
Staff members Tristan and Ursula at AIDS Hilfe
Staff members Tristan and Ursula at AIDS Hilfe...
Health poster at AIDS Hilfe
Health poster at AIDS Hilfe...
Health poster at AIDS Hilfe
Health poster at AIDS Hilfe...
Health information for women and families at AIDS Hilfe
Health information for women and families at AIDS Hilfe...
Caption reads: 'He is a son, a patient, a staff
Caption reads: 'He is a son, a patient, a staff member and a...
Poster at AIDS Hilfe: HIV fast test
Poster at AIDS Hilfe: HIV fast test...
HIV information at AIDS Hilfe
HIV information at AIDS Hilfe...
Health information at AIDS Hilfe
Health information at AIDS Hilfe...
Health information at AIDS Hilfe
Health information at AIDS Hilfe...
Health information at AIDS Hilfe
Health information at AIDS Hilfe...
Cafe Rainbow at AIDS Hilfe where inexpensive meals are served
Cafe Rainbow at AIDS Hilfe where inexpensive meals are serve...
Daily menu at Cafe Rainbow at AIDS Hilfe where inexpensive
Daily menu at Cafe Rainbow at AIDS Hilfe where inexpensive m...
Gay sex shop in central Cologne
Gay sex shop in central Cologne...
Gay sex shop merchandise in central Cologne
Gay sex shop merchandise in central Cologne...
Meanwhile, an Arab family wanders around central Cologne; whether they
Meanwhile, an Arab family wanders around central Cologne; wh...
Creative graffiti in Cologne
Creative graffiti in Cologne...
Party poster; there were several huge parties during Gay Games
Party poster; there were several huge parties during Gay Gam...
Trams (U-bahn) are efficient and frequent throughout Cologne. Athletes had
Trams (U-bahn) are efficient and frequent throughout Cologne...
The gay Colours party was obscenely huge and lasted till
The gay Colours party was obscenely huge and lasted till daw...
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