The photographer and photojournalist Deborah Moses Sanks has been awarded the Berlin Prize for Lesbian Visibility. Social Senator Cansel Kiziltepe (SPD) presented the award, worth 5,000 euros, on Friday evening at a ceremony in the Red Town Hall. Annet CJ and the lesbian-feminist Shabbeskreis were also honored, as the Senate Social Administration announced. “The jury made a great selection and the honorees represent the great diversity of lesbian* life and work in Berlin,” Kiziltepe was quoted as saying.

“I’m committed to lesbian* visibility because there should be no age limit for beauty and love,” shared Deborah Moses Sanks. The photographer grew up in the South Bronx in New York. It was said that she documented numerous key moments of the black women’s movement in Germany. Lesbian visibility has always shaped her work. At just over 70, she is now a model in front of the camera and wants to inspire women to follow their dreams.

According to the Senate, the prize is awarded every two years on the occasion of International Day of Lesbian Visibility. It was awarded for the first time in 2018. According to the Senate Social Administration, a total of 150 nominations were received this year. Lesbians or lesbian groups and initiatives that have left a mark in this city through their actions and commitment to lesbian visibility can be suggested. In 2024, for the first time, not only the winner will receive prize money. The other two winners (shortlist nominees) each receive 1,000 euros.

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