KLuST e.V. (The Cologne Association of Lesbians and Gays) was founded in 1991 and does not only organize ColognePride but is also active in local and cross-regional politics. It has about 300 members, such as clubs, associations, gastronomical businesses as well as individuals. Eight honorary board members are constantly working for KLuST e.V. all-the-year.
Fields of activity
KLuST e.V. works for political issues all-the-year. We are member of the municipal working group “Lesben, Schwule und Transgender” / “Lesbians, Gays and Transgender people” (Stadt AG). We are also in close dialogue with the Catholic committee and work together with many organizations and institutions of the LGBTIQ* community in Cologne and surrounding area.
We work together closely with the municipal government and public administration of Cologne, and we are member of several associations and organizations. We are constantly networking as to represent our members’ interests. We interfere and get in on LGBTIQ+ issues by publishing statements and press releases.
The municipal working group Stadt AG exists since 2006 and meets several times a year. The working group advises the municipal council of Cologne its committees, district councils and public administration on all questions concerning LGBTIQ* issues.
Stadt AG delegates members to several committees such as the committee for youth welfare and the committee for urban development. The working group acts as mouthpiece of the LGBTIQ* community towards local politics and public administration.
The following associations and institutions are members of KLuST e. V.:
Bartmänner e.V. (Bears), Amigas e.V. (Lesbian entrepreneurs), TX Köln (Transsexual people), anyway e.V. (youth club), Rubicon (advisory center), Lesben- und Schwulenverband Deutschland (LSVD) Ortsverband Köln (local union of the German Association of Lesbians and Gays), Aidshilfe Köln (AIDS prevention), SC Janus e.V. (sports club).
The Catholic committee is a representative institution and was founded in 1947. It helps helps shaping church, city and society. It maintains a permanent round of talks with members of KLuST e.V., Aidshilfe Cologne and the Catholic Women’s Welfare Service. The Catholic Committee works against discrimination and ostracism. By developing together projects the communication between LGBTIQ* community and church is strengthened.
Due to the projected (but finally thwarted) participation of a right-winged party in the 2013 CSD Parade the campaign “We won’t let this happen/We resist!” (“Wir stellen uns quer – Weg mit dem Brett”) was created. More than 60 associations, organizers, innkeepers and companies participated in the 2013 Parade, their campaign and their own float attracted a lot of attention.
The momentum the campaign created helped transforming it into a permanent project. With the help of public relations and events the project wants to make people aware of personal-related misanthropy. Since then the so called “Wagen 99 (“Float 99”)” is in the Parade. KLuST e.V. supports the project as regards content and organization.