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Rainbow colors at the Cologne Bonn Airport: On the occasion of the CSD the parade of the youth organization against AIDS e.V., short YAA, was presented to the public in front of Terminal 1. The action is part of the current campaign “Welcome to Christopher Street Day – do what you want, do it with love, respect and condoms”.
YAA advertises with it at the airport for an open and tolerant society. A colorful highlight is available tonight from 11 pm. Then, Terminal 1 will be in rainbow colors – a symbol of the CSD and a premiere at the airport.

On board of the YAA truck: Andreas Bothe, State Secretary in the NRW Family Ministry, Cologne’s First female Mayor Elfi Scho-Antwerpes, Airport Director Michael Garvens, Jörg Schmidt, Group Human Resources Manager AXA AG, Dr. Ing. Michael von Poncet, Medical Director of Janssen Germany, CSD Demonstrator Jörg Kalitowitsch and the chairman of Youth against AIDS, Daniel Nagel.

“I thank the association Youth against AIDS and the Cologne Bonn Airport for this important campaign, which welcomes travelers from all over the world to Cologne in a colorful and cosmopolitan way. Especially this weekend, the airport is not only the gateway to the Rhineland, but also to diversity and tolerance,” said NRW State Secretary Andreas Bothe.

Mayor Elfi Scho-Antwerpes underlined the signal effect of the campaign: “Every year, the campaign for the CSD has a major impact on all passengers at the airport and draws attention to what Cologne, the airport and the CSD stand for: a cosmopolitan, modern, colorful society in which diversity can be recognized and lived out. Where, if not here, we can show solidarity with all people and make us strong for a diverse society.”

After the launch in 2014, the airport has started the CSD welcome campaign together with JGA for the fourth time. “Cologne Bonn Airport is a meeting place for people from all over the world. We are particularly pleased that we can now set a strong example of tolerance for the fourth time with our CSD Welcome Campaign. We are proud to be a part of the colorful, diverse society in Cologne in this way and welcome all guests of the CSD cordially to the Cologne Bonn Airport,” said Airport CEO Michael Garvens.

Jörg Schmidt, Group Personnel Manager at AXA Germany, also praised the dedication of the staff of his company: “I am not exaggerating when I say that participating in the parade – on Sunday this year will be more than 250 employees, friends and relatives on our train – shows us year by year the importance of commitment to diversity. It’s great that the popularity and the number of supporters here are continuing to grow.”

“It’s nice to see how every year everyone here is greeted with open arms on Christopher Street Day,” Dr. Michael von Poncet, Medical Director of the research-based pharmaceutical company Janssen Germany, was impressed by the positive response to the campaign. “The issues of openness and tolerance have a high priority in our company. We’re not just talking about it, we’re actively living that attitude.”

Banners, illuminated billboards and video screens welcome passengers. In addition, YAA-members spend two weeks at the airport, drawing the attention of travelers to the campaign.

“The CSD campaign at the airport has become not only a beautiful tradition, but a strong sign of an open society. We are grateful for the support of our partners, without whom this great welcome campaign would not have been possible. Together we show that every person in Cologne is welcome, no matter whom you love. We carry our values ​​from the airport to the parade and across the city: Do what you want. Do it with love, respect and condoms “, says Daniel Nagel, chairman of the board of Youth against AIDS.

Patron of the action this year is also the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia. The supporters of the welcome campaign include Cologne/Bonn Airport, AXA AG, Eurowings and Janssen Germany.