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.


Queer as German Folk is now digital

Queer as German Folk has now been converted into a compact, digital experience. This new format allows visitors to experience the queer movement past and present from anywhere in the world – furthering the project’s goals of maximum accessibility. Audiovisual, moving, and interactive forms of presentation provide visitors with an exciting, structureless experience that is simple to navigate and is accessible across a range of devices in both English and German. The exhibition will be accessible on starting August 9th, 2020.

The exhibition’s launch will be accompanied by a full program of virtual events organized by various Goethe-Institut locations in the U.S. which will feature additional work and perspectives from LGBTIQ+ artists. The program will kick off on August 7th, 2020 with a digital film series coordinated by various regional partners that will be available to stream online. These screenings will be accompanied by Q&As with the films’ directors and conversations with the audience.

Exhibition Queer as German Folk

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 stations in North America and Germany, the digitized exhibition can now be made available to interested parties worldwide. You can create a space to experience the queer movement past and present, with the ability to adapt the exhibition to local contexts.

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.

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.

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
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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
Queer Cinema
The Center

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

Leather Archives and Museum
The Plant
Chicago Filmmakers

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

Mexiko-City, Guadalajara

Museo Memoria y Tolerancia
MIC Genero
Centro Cultural México Contemporaneo
Centro Goethe
Cultura Jalisco
Fenix Beds
Gobierno Jalisco
Save the Artist