'Diversity spaces': Germany reserves parking spots for LGBT community and migrants
car park in Germany decided to show its support to the LGBTQ community and migrants by painting a rainbow flag on one of its walls and reserving specific parking spots. The authorities claim that they reserved parking spots specially for the LGBT drivers and migrants as they have a "special need for protection and security in public spaces," a local councillor explained. This decision was taken for Hanauer Parkhaus in Hanau of Germany. Three parking spots have been reserved for LGBT and migrant drivers and are called 'Diversity Spaces' A car park in Germany decided to show its support to the LGBTQ community and migrants by painting a rainbow flag on one of its walls and reserving specific parking spots. The authorities claim that they reserved parking spots specially for the LGBT drivers and migrants as they have a "special need for protection and security in public spaces," a local councillor explained. This decision was taken for Hanauer Parkhaus in Hanau of Germany. Three parking spots have been reserved for LGBT and migrant drivers. The selected parking spots are next to each other and are closer to the exit of the multi-story parking lot. With a rainbow (also known as 'pride flag') painted on the back wall, these spaces are also specifically monitored by security cameras. While authorities hoped this would earn them praises for this act, locals have called them out for alienating these groups.
"Child and old age poverty, single mothers at their financial limit, pensioners who have to live on bottle deposits and leftovers from garbage cans," a local tweeted. "But for City Councilor Thomas Morlock in Hanau there is nothing more important than setting an example for tolerance."
Another user, Amy Tarkanian, raised a valid question about "how will they verify this?". Another user rose to her support by asking the same question. "How do you enforce this? are people now gonna start getting gay licenses like they do for handicap parking spots?," the user tweeted.
Some members of the LGBT community have tried to make the best of it and urged fellow drivers to park in the 'Diversity Spaces' whenever they want and show solidarity with the community.
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John Bellamy Comments: This seems a little 'un thought through' to me.
It is very nice that we are seen as worthy - and that we exist and are not invisible and need attention as we pay tax and we are part of the community at large, but this puts gays in the firing line for the homophobes who will deliberately damage a car parked in this area. It also indicates who is LGBT and who is not. If as we claim, the LGBT community wants / demands equality, then we should not be treated any different to anyone else and expecting / demanding / even being offered ANYTHING special is claiming we are NOT the same as everyone else and that we NEED extra protection etc. which is NOT equality at all and is patronizing from the ' straights' that we do... It still puts LGBT ' up there' as different and NOT equal at all, and while some may state that LGBT are at risk, SORT OUT THE HOMOPHOBES and re educate the public is the way forward - EDUCATION - EDUCATION - EDUCATION - is the ONLY way forward and it needs a level headed sensible person to do so and not some screamer with a political agenda and attitude - as that helps no one.
It also states that we are more vulnerable then ' straights' and need that extra little bit of protection, which is completely at odds with how the police and society has protected us - what bollocks - - for the last 150 years - and this seems very not thought through in any actually cohesive manner.
Those finding fault, like single patents, the elderly and the handicapped ALREADY have their designated parking spaces in all car parks and they don't like sharing, they like to be 'centre stage' - ' I'm different and need special treatment ' - an attitude which is actually boring - and have their own spots reserved just for them and they - clearly - resent anyone else enjoying a special benefit - and SO MUCH FOR THE CARING SHARING WORLD - so much for the disabled and single parents etc. showing concern for others who may be vulnerable when - after complaining about this, the message they send is that LGBT are not worthy of special protection while - THEY ARE. - which is extremely self centered and homophobic.
I do not understand why LGBT would want or need their own parking places that protects and while I appreciate there are those awful screamers who will demand attention, demand more and more and will do the LGBT world no good at all, sadly they exist and the majority of us need to stand up and state WE DO NOT WANT THIS IN OUR NAME AND WHO THE FUCK SAYS WE DO ??? Like the LGBTQ - where the Q STANDS FOR QUEER - and I DO NOT recognise this as a label for the LGBT community AT ALL - AS WE ARE NOT QUEER.