The following text was translated from German. Click on the picture on the right to download the original version:
We, the alliance of the "PATRONS OF WELCOMING OUT", are convinced that a respectful coexistence with simultaneous appreciation of diversity means a gain for all members of a society. Since identity fully defines a person, this diversity is not only found in private life, but also in professional life. A significant factor for respectful coexistence is therefore also the recognition of gender and sexual diversity in all areas of life - a factor in which society has already achieved quite a bit after a long journey.
And yet: the fact that many lgbtiq+ persons do not openly deal with their sexual orientation, gender identity and/or intersexuality for fear of negative reactions and discrimination remains the rule rather than the exception. The following question often plays a central role here:
Will others accept who I am if I come out?
So how would it be if lgbtiq+ persons could have a fear-free coming out, because they can be sure in advance of the acceptance of the other person? For this, only one simple step is needed: the proactive signaling of such an open and accepting attitude - de facto a (WEL)COMING OUT and a first step towards the so-called "Straight Ally".
In order to take this step socially, the symbol WELCOMING OUT provides an easy way for prospective Straight Allies to show themselves and thus ultimately initiate a movement. We as organizations want to support this and have therefore joined together to form an alliance: The "PATRONS OF WELCOMING OUT".
We are united by the viewpoint that such a movement can bring about a profound change towards a sincere togetherness. This is our common responsibility as a democratic and pluralistic society. We believe that many challenges can be overcome by all of us having more open and serious dialogues with each other and actively promoting inclusion and acceptance.
This has the potential to improve the quality of life of all and thus additionally become an economic success factor for Hamburg - and also beyond the borders of the Hanseatic City.
As "PATRONS OF WELCOMING OUT" we want to promote this and therefore invite all people - in Hamburg and everywhere - to these dialogues:
Have your WELCOMING OUT and show yourself as an ally of the LGBTIQ+ community!
Likewise, we call on other organizations to sustainably strengthen the WELCOMING OUT Movement by joining our alliance of "PATRONS OF WELCOMING OUT".