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Klaus Wowereit
Klaus Wowereit

Klaus Wowereit (born October 1, 1953 in Berlin) is a German politician, member of the SPD (Social Democratic Party), and mayor of Berlin since the 2001 state elections. Image File history File linksMetadata Wowereit. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Wowereit. ... October 1 is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1953 calendar). ... Berlin is the capital city and a state of Germany. ... A politician is an individual who is a formally recognized and active member of a government, or a person who influences the way a society is governed through an understanding of political power and group dynamics. ... SPD redirects here. ... The following List of Mayors of Berlin shows all the mayors of Berlin, Germany since 1809: 1809-1948 Leopold von Gerlach Johann Büsching Friedrich von Bärensprung Heinrich Wilhelm Krausnick Franz Christian Naunyn Karl Theodor Seydel Arthur Hobrecht Max von Forckenbeck Robert Zelle Martin Kirschner Adolph Wermuth Gustav B... The Berlin state election, 2001, was conducted on October 21, 2001, to elect members to the Abgeordnetenhaus (House of Deputies) of Berlin. ...


Until 1973, Klaus Wowereit attended the Ulrich-von-Hutten-Oberschule in Berlin. Afterwards, he studied law at the Free University Berlin (State Exams, 1981 and 1984). At the age of 31, he was the youngest city councilor of Berlin. From 1984-95 he was municipal councillor in the Tempelhof borough of Berlin, and, since December 1999, chairman of the SPD parliamentary club in the Berlin city parliament. Since June 2001 he has served as mayor ("governing burgomaster") of Berlin. Previously, the SPD had left the Grand coalition with the CDU and initiated new elections. After this election and following long-time negotiations, Wowereit finally started a coaliton with the PDS. 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... Berlin is the capital city and a state of Germany. ... Satellite photo of Berlin. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A city council is the most common style of legislative government in a city or town. ... The Tempelhof town hall - due to the merger with Schöneberg now without a mayor Tempelhof was a borough of the city of Berlin that was united with Schöneberg in 2001 to form the Tempelhof-Schöneberg borough. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... SPD redirects here. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... Burgomaster (alternatively spelled Burgomeister, literally translated meaning master of the citizens) is the English form, rendering (often the Anglo-saxon equivalent Mayor is substituted) various terms in or derived from Germanic languages for the chief magistrate and/or chairman of the executive council of a sub-national level of administration... A grand coalition is a coalition government in a parliamentary system where political parties representing a vast majority of the parliament unite in a coalition. ... This article needs cleanup. ... The Left Party (Vänsterpartiet) is a political party in Sweden. ...

Klaus Wowereit with a drag queen at the 2001 Christopher Street Day in Berlin.
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Klaus Wowereit with a drag queen at the 2001 Christopher Street Day in Berlin.

Wowereit is one of the most famous German politicians who has openly declared himself to be homosexual. In coming out, prior to the 2001 mayoral elections, he coined the now famous German phrase "Ich bin schwul, und das ist auch gut so." (literally: "I am gay, and that's a good thing"; a more correct translation would be: "I am gay, and it's quite ok that way"). His decision to come out in public was made because after his nomination as candidate to become the mayor of Berlin, Wowereit felt that the German tabloids were already "on the track". With his coming out Wowereit wanted to beat the tabloids to it and prevent them from writing wild, sensational and made-up stories about his gay life. Wowereit said those now famous words during a convention of the Berlin SPD. After he had ended there was half a second of surprised silence then spontaneous cheering and loud applause to support him. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (564x1140, 105 KB) Summary from w:de:Bild:Klaus-wowereit. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (564x1140, 105 KB) Summary from w:de:Bild:Klaus-wowereit. ... Drag queens Luc DArcy and Jerry Cyr and friend at Montreals 2003 Divers/Cité pride parade. ... The President of the German Bundestag (Parliament), Wolfgang Thierse, addresses the crowd at CSD Berlin 2001. ... The word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings over time. ... Newspaper sizes in August 2005. ... SPD redirects here. ...


External link

  • Made in Berlin (Personal website) (German)
Preceded by:
Eberhard Diepgen
Mayor of Berlin
2001-
Succeeded by:
incumbent

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Klaus Wowereit with a drag queen at the 2001 Christopher Street Day in Berlin.
Klaus Wowereit (born October 1, 1953 in Berlin) is a German politician, member of the SPD (Social Democratic Party of Germany), and currently mayor of Berlin (since 2001).
Wowereit is one of the most famous German politicians who has openly declared himself to be homosexual.
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