Out in East Berlin

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In the GDR, too, most homosexuals experienced fear and feelings of guilt. Many got into the dramatic conflict between homeland love and protest. Since 1968 homosexuality was no longer punishable in the GDR, but it remained taboo. In OUT IN EAST BERLIN Jochen Hick tells the story of gays and lesbians in East Berlin, how they gave each other support and their problems with the state and the Party. The documentary, OUT IN EAST BERLIN ran successfully at the Panorama section of the Berlinale in 2013. Gays and lesbians from the former GDR talk openly about how they discovered their sexuality, childhood and youth in the former GDR. Eyed suspiciously by the Stasi, they organized themselves under the umbrella of the Evangelical Church. The "gays" are a political issue.