|born on||1 October 1953 at 00:40 (= 12:40 AM )|
|Place||Berlin-Lichtenrade, Germany, 52n29, 13e21|
|Timezone||MET h1e (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||07°30' 20°05 Asc. 09°58'|
German politician, member of the SPD (Social Democratic Party), and has been the Governing Mayor of Berlin since the 21 October 2001 state elections, where his party won a plurality of the votes, 29.7%. He served as President of the Bundesrat (the fourth highest office in Germany) in 2001/02. His SPD-led coalition was re-elected in the 2006 elections. In the elections held on 18 September 2011 he and his party were again the strongest party.
Wowereit is youngest to two brothers and two sisters and grew up without a father. One of his brothers supported his studies and later he took care of his brother, who was paralyzed after an accident, as well as his mother, who was suffering from cancer.
Wowereit is one of the most famous German politicians who is openly gay. In coming out, prior to the 2001 mayoral elections, he coined the now famous German phrase "Ich bin schwul, und das ist auch gut so." ("I'm gay, and that is a good thing.") In his autobiography, Wowereit states that his decision to come out in public was made because after his nomination as candidate to become the Mayor of Berlin, he felt that the German tabloids were already "on the right track". With his coming out, Wowereit wanted to beat the tabloids to it and prevent them from writing wild, sensational and fabricated stories about his private life. Wowereit said those now famous words during a convention of the Berlin SPD. After the end of his speech, there was half a second of surprised silence, then spontaneous cheering and loud applause to support him.
In a 2010 interview with Time Magazine, he said that coming out may actually have strengthened his campaign.
His election as mayor made Berlin one of four major European cities with an openly gay mayor, along with Paris, whose mayor is Bertrand Delanoë, Zürich, whose major is the lesbian Corine Mauch, and Hamburg, whose mayor was Ole von Beust at that time, who both also took office in 2001. However, von Beust resigned in 2010, making Wowereit the only gay mayor of a major German city.
In September 2007, Wowereit published an autobiographical book titled "…und das ist auch gut so.", after his famous coming-out phrase.
Wowereit's civil partner, Jörn Kubicki, is a neurosurgeon. They have been in a relationship since 1993.
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- Social : Secrets revealed 2001 (coming out as gay)
Meridian magazine 6/2003 quotes birth registry
- Passions : Sexuality : Homosexual male
- Vocation : Politics : Party Affiliation (social democrats SPD)
- Vocation : Politics : Public office (mayor of Berlin since 2001)