Gender equality and diversity
Queer as German Folk

The design of the exhibition "Queer as German Folk" developed by the Berlin based agency chezweitz graphic: chezweitz

Fifty years after the Stonewall Riots in New York, the fight for queer rights continues. The Goethe-Institut supports contemporary discourse and remembrance of queer history in a multitude of ways.



On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the Goethe-Institut New York and the Schwules Museum Berlin conceived the exhibition Queer as German Folk. After traveling through North America and Germany, the exhibition is now available online to interested parties worldwide. Create a space to experience the queer movement past and present, with the ability to adapt the exhibition to local contexts. Access the exhibition online at​​​​​

Queer Perspectives

Stonewall Moments

Half a century has passed since the revolt on Christopher Street in New York. For half a century now, queer people all over the world have fought for visibility, respect, and equality. It’s also half a century of personal memories that reach all the way to the present. In short videos, different generations recount their “Stonewall moments”.

Queer commons - queer conflicts

Complementary to the exhibition Queer as German Folk, panel discussions were held in Toronto, New York, Mexico City, and Berlin. Contemporary queer discourse on the topics of resistance, culture, diversity and establishment was recorded and is now available on this website.

  • New York City © Goethe-Institut

    New York City

Queer Cinema from Germany

The Goethe-Institut offers a list of queer films from Germany that can be used as a basis for local film programs. The film selection and texts are by Wieland Speck, the long-standing head of the Berlinale’s Panorama section, which traditionally includes many gay, lesbian, and trans films. Speck also initiated the Teddy Award, the world's only official queer film prize to be awarded by an A-list festival. The film recommendations reflect Speck’s personal views.

  • Scene from the movie "Free Fall" (detail) © Salzgeber & Co. Medien GmbH
    Scene from the movie "Free Fall"

Queer for students of the German language


Queer as German Folk is a project of the Goethe-Institut in North America in cooperation with Schwules Museum, Berlin, and Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Political Education)

Logo Schwules Museum Berlin ©   Schwules Museum Berlin
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Local Partners

We thank all of our local partners in Berlin, Chicago, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Montreal, New York, San Francisco, Toronto, and Washington DC for their energetic and enthusiastic support, which made the on-site realization possible.

New York City
Stonewall 50 Consortium ©   Stonewall 50 Consortium
Queer Cinema ©   Queer Cinema
The Center ©   The Center
Videoout ©   Videoout

Washington D.C.
The DC Center ©   The DC Center
Rainbow DC ©   Rainbow DC
Wunderbar together ©   Wunderbar together

Leather Archives and Museum ©   Leather Archives and Museum
Packingtown ©   Packingtown
The Plant ©   The Plant
Chicago Filmmakers ©   Chicago Filmmakers

San Francisco,  Montreal,  Toronto
Hormel Center San Francisco ©   Hormel Center San Francisco
Never Apart ©   Never Apart
Toronto Pride ©   Toronto Pride
Toronto Arquives ©   Toronto Arquives

Mexiko-City, Guadalajara

Museo Memoria y Tolerancia ©   Museo Memoria y Tolerancia
MIC Genero  ©   MIC Genero
Centro Cultural México Contemporaneo © Centro Cultural México Contemporaneo Centro Cultural México Contemporaneo
Centro Goethe ©   Centro goethe
Ciak  ©   Ciak
Cultura Jalisco ©   Cultura Jalisco
Fenix Beds ©   Fenix Beds
Gobierno Jalisco ©   Gobierno Jalisco
Save the Artist ©   Save the Artist
Iteso ©   Iteso
MEG ©   Meg