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Vienna holds first 'queer bus tour'

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Cafe Savoy - a popular hangout for Vienna's gay and lesbian community. Photo: inyourpocket
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Vienna Chamber of Commerce's “diversity night” featured bus tours showing off the city's multicultural hotspots and thriving gay and lesbian businesses on Wednesday evening.

Around ten percent of Vienna’s entrepreneurs are part of the LGBT community, one third have a migration background, and around 800 live and work with a disability.

"From tiny companies to large corporations, diversity management should play a part in each enterprise," said Paul Stuller, Vice-President of the Vienna Chamber of Commerce.

He added that it was something that managers could no longer ignore, but was still considered pioneering in Vienna. Diversity management includes providing support for the acceptance of and respect for various racial, cultural, societal, geographic, economic and political backgrounds.

One bus tour stopped off at Meidlinger market, which has become a hotspot of cultural diversity - with Greek, Turkish, African and Asian stalls and cafes.

The ‘trans Vienna bus’ took a ‘queer tour’ of Vienna, focussing on gay and lesbian businesses such as the Löwenherz bookshop in the 8th district, the QWien centre for gay and lesbian history and culture, and the famous Cafe Savoy - a hub for Vienna’s gay scene.

A third bus visited the internationally renowned Art Brut centre in Gugging, which features a permanent collection of outsider art, created by children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

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