The first time she walked down the street in Germany, a lesbian couple was the first to greet her, as she walked past the shop in Berlin’s city centre.
“It’s a big step for me to be able to walk through a store, it’s a huge step,” Ms Perna said.
The couple, who are now planning a wedding in the coming months, have not yet met, but they plan to go to a nearby town to visit.
In the last five years, the number of people who were denied entry to Germany for gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) pride events has more than tripled, from 1,000 in 2010 to more than 12,000 now.
Many LGBT people were forced to stay home and watch as their pride celebrations were cut short by violence, discrimination and violence.
Ms Pernas partner, Christian Pernar, is currently in Berlin working as a journalist.
She said her experience was different from other countries, where the “love is so strong, but people are so afraid and they’re afraid to speak up”.
“They’re scared of the reaction from other people and they don’t have the power to speak out,” she said.
“So I feel like Germany is the country where the love is so much stronger.”