Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT rights in Germany have evolved significantly over the course of the last decades. During the s and early s, lesbian and gay people in Berlin were generally tolerated by society and many bars and clubs specifically pertaining to gay men were opened. The Nazi extensions were repealed in and same-sex sexual activity between men was decriminalised in both East and West Germany in and , respectively. The age of consent was equalized in East Germany in and in unified Germany in Same-sex marriage has been legal since 1 October , after the Bundestag passed legislation giving same-sex couples full marital and adoption rights on 30 June
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Although homosexual acts among men had traditionally been a criminal offense throughout much of Germany, lesbianism homosexual acts among women was not criminalized. This was true in large part because of the subordinate role of women in German state and society. Unlike male homosexuals, lesbians were not generally regarded as a social or political threat. Paragraph did not apply to women. However, the lives of lesbians were still destroyed by the Nazi campaign against homosexuality. Although they were hampered by the inferior roles ascribed to women in Imperial Germany, lesbians had been part of the homosexual emancipation movement in Germany since the s.