Who we are

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Hard to believe, but it’s true:
Since its beginning, the overall responsibility for ColognePride and CSD Cologne has relied predominantly on volunteers.
Founded in 1991, the Cologne Association for Gays and Lesbians (KLuST e.V.) organises one of the largest events in Cologne and one of the most successful prides in Europe.

It has been 25 years since the first CSD demonstration took place. “Good friends come together” (“Jot Fründe kumme zosamme” in the local dialect) was the first motto and in 2016 we again come together and celebrate a glittering festival, discuss, demand and demonstrate.
Numerous volunteers, a full time office manager as well as five board members and two advisory board members work one year long so that Cologne is in the hand of gays, lesbians and trans* for two weeks in summer.

Since its founding, volunteer work and a solid anchor in the Cologne community have determined the actions of KLuST. Therefore, in its representative function KLuST is involved with local government matters for all possible questions. For example, for many years we have been successfully supporting our cause in the city working group “Lesbians, gays and transgenders in politics and city administration”. Because, even in a cosmopolitan and tolerant city such as Cologne there are still things to be done.