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September 15, 2019

public event
Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz
Kurfürstendamm 153
10709 Berlin

Schaubühne BerlinFoto: Gianmarco Bresadola, Schaubühne

Queer Establishment
// Berlin

Klaus Wowereit mit Hannelore Hoger und Thomas Gottschalk bei der Einweihung des Boulevards der Stars 2012 in Berlin Foto: NetAction, Wikimedia, CC-BY-SA-3.0 Since Klaus Wowereit’s famous statement “I’m gay – and that’s ok” at a press conference before his election as Governing Mayor of Berlin, gay and lesbian senior politicians have almost become commonplace, especially in Western Europe. Gay and lesbian lifestyles have not only become mainstream but quite openly also reached the ruling class.

Widespread social and legal equality has led to the emergence of a new queer establishment that aligns itself with the social values of the liberal-conservative mainstream. Queer families can no longer be considered a counter-model to the bourgeois family; role stereotypes converge, differences are leveled.

Is this development a socio-political blessing or a curse? Is there room for otherness in the ruling class? Can queer politicians be expected to pursue different policies and queer executives to lead differently? And why is there still no room for queer champions in sectors like professional sports?

Panel Discussion

Queer commons – queer conflicts

Four exhibition venues, four panel discussions, four themes: parallel to the exhibition, there will be panel discussions in Toronto, New York, Mexico City, and Berlin. Between June and September 2019, various aspects of current queer discourse will be deliberated under the banner Queer Commonalities – Queer Conflicts: queer resistance, queer culture, queer diversity, and queer establishment. Discussions will take place in English with participants from the US, Canada, Mexico, and Germany. For those unable to attend in person, recordings of the four panels will be made available on this website.

More conferences

Queer Resistance graphik: TomVonier.online

New York City, 06/20/2019
Queer Resistance

Queer lifestyles have supposedly become mainstream. However, the rise of neo-conservative forces across the globe increasingly question the legitimacy of anti-discrimination legislation. What can we learn from the global experience of gender-generated resistance?

Queer Diversity Foto: Pexels

Mexiko City, 06/22/2019
Queer Diversity

How do we deal with the phenomenon of queer diversity? How can equal treatment be granted to small minorities?

Queer Culture Foto: Pexels

Toronto, 06/21/2019
Queer Culture

Which forms of queer culture are there today? How does queer opposition manifest itself in the cultural sector? Is there such a thing as queer culture at all?