After Munich’s City Council originally voted on joining Europe’s Rainbow Cities Network in October, city mayor Dieter Reiter signed the “Memorandum of Understanding” today to make it official.
Rainbow Cities originally started in the Netherlands and has since spread throughout Europe, and even Mexico City. The goal of the network is to work together with other partner cities to “exchange their experiences with LGBT policies and share their do’s and don’t’s, so that they can learn from each other and don’t have to start from scratch”.
A 2013 study conducted by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) showed that an overwhelming amount of LGBT Europeans still do not feel safe being open about their sexuality, and Rainbow Cities is hoping to find ways to collectively work to change that.
Munich is the fifth German city to join the network, following Berlin, Hamburg, Hannover and Cologne.