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Cornelia Scheel & Hella von Sinnen

Cornelia Scheel (born March 28, 1963 in Munich as Cornelia Wirtz) is an LGBT activist. After she had announced her relationship with the TV presenter Hella von Sinnen, she was transferred from her position in the public relations of the German Cancer Aid.

Cornelia Wirtz was first brought up by her mother Mildred Wirtz alone. After the marriage of her mother in 1969, with the late German President Walter Scheel, she was adopted by the latter and thus received his last name. She attended the Nicolaus Cusanus-Gymnasium in Bonn. Mid-1970s, she worked in favor of the German Cancer Aid founded by her mother in 1974 as spokeswoman. Scheel finished high school and went on to study medicine for five semesters in Innsbruck.

She worked for three years for the German Cancer Aid, for which she was president from 1979 until the death, in 1985, of her mother. There, Cornelia Scheel particularly cared for the needs of children with cancer, with a focus on public relations. After she went public in January 1991 together with Hella von Sinnen at the Federal Press Ball in Bonn, and thus making known their relationship, she was dismessed from the management of the German Cancer Aid Public Relations, as the organization feared the loss of donations. Scheel then stopped her employment at the German Cancer Aid.


Cornelia Scheel is an LGBT activist. She worked for the German Cancer Aid, for which she was president from 1979 until the death, in 1985, of her mother, wife of late German President Walter Scheel. After she went public in January 1991 together with Hella von Sinnen at the Federal Press Ball in Bonn, and thus making known their relationship, she was dismessed from the management of the German Cancer Aid Public Relations, as the organization feared the loss of donations. Scheel then stopped her employment at the German Cancer Aid.

Together with Sinnen, Scheel participated in the Action Registry Office of then-Gay Association in Germany (SVD), today Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany (LSVD). On May 26, 1992 in Cologne they led the team. Both announced they would protest in front of the Federal Constitutional Court for the recognition of same-sex marriage. They denounced both the SVD and the first skeptical gay lawyers who actually considered the time not ripe for same-sex marriage and would therefore they did not expect for a greater number to bring an action, a Germany-wide action that was called Action Registry Office. Scheel and Sinnen, as well as 250 other gay couples, on August 19, 1992, in more than 50 German cities at the same time requested an application for a marriage licence. This was rejected in accordance with the legislation. This event originated the German band Rosenstolz's song, Ja, ich will, in which video participated also Scheel and Sinnen.

In 2002, the couple had separated for a few months, but since August of the same year they lives back together in Cologne.

Source: de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornelia_Scheel (translated from German)

Further Readings:

DES Wahnsinns Fette Beute (German Edition) by Cornelia Scheel & Hella von Sinnen
Paperback
Publisher: Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH; 3. Auflage. edition (February 1, 2011)
Language: German
ISBN-10: 3499627639
ISBN-13: 978-3499627637
Amazon: DES Wahnsinns Fette Beute

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